Doctors cite more support staff, reduced patient panels among solutions.
The number of physicians experiencing burnout continues to rise, and few believe their employers are doing enough to address the problem, a recent survey finds.
InCrowd, a data provider to the life sciences industry, asked 500 physicians in various specialties about their levels of stress and burnout during November and December 2022. Thirty percent of respondents said they were burned out, compared with 23% the previous year. Moreover, 55% said they had at least one colleague who was planning to leave or had left clinical care, compared with 41% in 2021.
The survey also revealed that:
In addition, only 6% of doctors said they are optimistic about the state of public health in tey US, down from 17% the previous year.
“It’s alarming to learn how few physicians feel empowered and optimistic about clinical care, Daniel S. Fitzgerald, CEO and president of Apollo Intelligence, InCrowd’s corporate parent, said in a news release. “The data show that doctors are faring much worse than a year ago, both personally and professionally. We hope that by sharing the voice of clinicians, healthcare leaders…consider remedies for burnout and support our healthcare professionals.”
Only 10% of respondents think the medical facility where they work effectively addresses burnout, while 16% say their medical specialty helps.
Among the ways respondents said their employers could address burnout are:
“[My] organization claims to prioritize wellbeing; however, it does not take actions to streamline administrative demands on time, does not arrange for appropriate staffing to prevent working overtime to cover clinical duties, and has been ineffective in staff retention which leads to further dissatisfaction,” one respondent was quoted as saying.
Respondents said they cope with work-related stress by exercising, spending time with family and friends, and meditating.