6 key findings on clinician satisfaction, burnout

Job satisfaction among clinicians is faltering, as physicians and healthcare professionals find it harder to be engaged with their work.


A survey administered at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine annual conference in San Diego found 65 percent of clinicians have considered leaving medicine because it is no longer rewarding to them.

Additionally, 57 percent of respondents said they feel more attached to their computer than their patients on "most days."

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Fifty-six percent of respondents feel disillusioned with their healthcare practice.
  • Nearly six in 10 clinicians reported patient overload.
  • Just over half of respondents, 51 percent, report feeling fatigue at least 15 days a month due to work schedules.
  • Thirty-one percent of clinicians experience burnout more than half the time due to work, and the reported leading cause of burnout was patient overload (49 percent).

"This poll shows physicians have lost their passion to practice medicine amidst a sea of bureaucratic indifference," said Mimi Guarneri, MD, president of AIHM. "Our healthcare system is not giving doctors and other professionals the time to look patients in the eye. A key to great care is a practitioner's ability to listen to patient's needs and put that ahead of data entry into a computer."

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