3 in 4 physicians say their organization is not addressing burnout

A majority of physicians — 74 percent — do not feel their employer or practice is doing enough to address and prevent burnout, according to a "microsurvey" of 200 primary care and emergency medicine physicians from InCrowd, a real-time market intelligence provider.

Physician burnout is marked by decreased enthusiasm for work, depersonalization, emotional exhaustion and a low sense of personal accomplishment. Primary care and emergency medicine physicians are among the top specialties reporting burnout, according to InCrowd. The survey found as many as 57 percent of respondents had experienced burnout personally, and another 37 percent said they knew a colleague who had experienced burnout.

More than a third of primary care and emergency medicine physicians reported feeling frustrated by their jobs at least a few times each week, if not every day, according to InCrowd. They cited time pressures, EHRs and a loss of passion due to industry changes as top factors influencing burnout.

These factors were so strong that 58 percent said they were unsure if they would or certainly not recommend a career in medicine, according to the survey.

 

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