Study: Current physician burnout solutions ineffective

Physician burnout is on the rise, leading many physicians to be less satisfied with their jobs, less productive, more apathetic and more likely to make an error on the job, according to a 2015 study by VITAL WorkLife and Cejka Search.

Forty-six percent of the 2,000 physicians surveyed said they felt severely burnt out, up from 38 percent in 2011. Most physicians indicated work/life balance was a cause of stress (57 percent), followed by healthcare reform (48 percent), paperwork and administrative burdens (43 percent).

The survey results indicate that hospitals and health systems may not be doing enough to help physicians combat work-related stress. Only 18 percent of physicians said they had effective support systems in their place of work and 52 percent said they would find it difficult to find time to use burnout programs, according to the report.


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