Physician burnout is caused by the physical and emotional demands of being a physician and the myriad of exacerbating factors that go along with this occupation in the modern American healthcare system. Three major symptoms include: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of personal accomplishment and joy from work.
Physician burnout is a rapidly growing epidemic in our healthcare system. Acknowledging burnout, at least in the doctor’s lounge, is still somewhat taboo, but becoming less so. My physician father’s solution, “Man up,” no longer works as one recent survey showed that up to 87% of American physicians are experiencing symptoms of burnout and stress on an average day.
According to the Physicians Foundation, over 75% of physicians are pessimistic about the future of medicine, over 80% agree that the medical profession is in decline.
In the same study, a majority of physicians would not recommend the career to their children and over a third of physicans would not choose medicine as a career if they were given the option of doing it over again.
The medical profession has the highest rate of suicide among the various professions.
The medical profession has the highest rate of suicide among the various professions. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, male physicians have a 70% higher rate of suicide than their counterparts in the general population while female physicians have an astounding 250 to 400% higher rate of suicide than their counterparts in other professions. These numbers indicate that something is seriously wrong in the medical community and the time for urgent action is NOW!