Mayo study: More physicians have symptoms of burnout

A three-year study from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association revealed physician work-life balance is getting worse and now more than half of U.S. physicians feel burned out.

The study, which compares 2014 and 2011 data from nearly 7,000 physicians and more than 5,000 other workers, indicates this trend is specific to the medical profession — Work-life balance and burnout remained steady among workers in other fields.

Here are five key takeaways from the study:

  • In 2011, 45 percent of physicians were considered burned out.
  • At this time, burnout was highest among internal medicine, family medicine and emergency medicine physicians.
  • In 2014, levels of burnout rose nearly 10 percent to 54 percent of physicians.
  • Burnout rates increased across nearly all specialties.
  • Rates of depression did not increase among physicians.


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