Burnout risk higher for women in emergency medicine than men, study shows

Female healthcare professionals working in the emergency medicine field report a higher prevalence and risk of burnout than men, according to a May 27 global study published in the European Journal of Emergency Medicine

Researchers collected survey data from almost 2,000 healthcare workers in a range of roles in emergency care departments across 89 countries on their own levels of burnout and stress.

The results revealed that women have a higher level of burnout than men, with 64 percent of women surveyed reporting some symptoms of burnout compared to 59 percent of men. The pandemic also only served to increase the gender disparity. However, women experiencing burnout seem to report less severe symptoms than the men. Nurses also reported a higher level of burnout than physicians and have an increased likelihood of developing burnout. 

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