Murphy Burnout Assessment Questionnaire:

If you find that you are answering yes to many of these questions, there is a strong likelihood that you are experiencing burnout.  The severity of your burnout is likely correlated to the number of yes responses.

  • Do you feel completely drained and exhausted some days?
  • Have you experienced sleep disturbance, such as insomnia, recently?
  • Do you dread your job and feel unhappy driving into work?
  • Do minor stressors, such as an ill child at home or a flat tire, seem magnified and overwhelming such that they feel like the proverbial “last straw”?
  • Have you verbalized out loud to a friend or spouse a phrase similar to: “I hate my job” “I can’t handle this anymore” “I hate working at this place”?
  • Have coworkers, friends or a spouse expressed concern about your well-being?
  • Do you feel trapped in your current job or situation?
  • Have you ever become so fed up that you consider leaving the practice of medicine?
  • Have you ever considered suicide?
  • Are you depressed on Sunday nights at the prospect of going in to work?
  • Do you ever feel disgust, contempt or disregard for your patients?
  • Have you lost your temper either at home or at work at a minor provocation recently?
  • Do you wish you had never gone to medical school and dream of alternative scenarios of what you would have done with your life if you had not become a doctor?
  • Do you feel that you have chosen the wrong profession?
  • Do you feel like you lack control over your schedule and your working environment?
  • Do you consider yourself a perfectionist at work where everything has to be done just right?
  • Do you feel a sense of injustice and powerlessness in your relationship with your employer?
  • Do you ever use alcohol or another substance as a means of escape?
  • Do you feel you function in “survival mode” at work?
  • Do you feel really depressed at the end of a week of vacation rather than recharged as you consider the prospect of going back into work?
  • Do you feel you are not getting what you want out of your job?
  • Are you perpetually worried about potential litigation and the ever-present threat of a medical malpractice lawsuit during every interaction you have with a patient?
  • Do you feel negatively about your job?
  • Do you feel less sympathetic toward patients than you once were?
  • Do you feel misunderstood or underappreciated by your employer?
  • After work, do you need more time than you did in the past in order to relax and feel normal?