Physicians generally happy at work but still face stresses, study shows

Physicians are generally happy in their lives and jobs, but there are parts of work that cause unhappiness, according to a joint study released by CompHealth and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The study surveyed more than 5,000 practicing physicians, including members of AAFP.

Eight findings:

1. Seventy-one percent of respondents indicated they are happy.

2. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they are enjoying their life "a lot" or "a great deal."

3. Fifty-nine percent of respondents also said they are satisfied with their lives. Experienced physicians, classified as those with more than 30 years in practice, showed the most satisfaction.

4. Most practicing physician respondents (61 percent) reported they would still choose their career if they had a do-over.

5. Researchers said they found a direct link between the number of friends a physician had at work and their satisfaction with their lives. Respondents who said they have "many" friends at work also reported high life satisfaction (70 percent).

6. Although respondents indicated they are generally happy, 19 percent said they are "very" or "somewhat unhappy." 

7. Various issues at work led to respondents' unhappiness, including lack of control (72 percent) and clerical burdens (71 percent).

8. Only 35 percent of respondents have more happiness than stress in their lives and 43 percent indicated they have more stress than happiness.

Access the full survey here.


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