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Over 50 Percent of US Physicians Experience Professional Burnout

In a follow-up to their 2011 study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found a ~9% increase in physicians reporting at least one symptom of burnout (54.4%). Additionally, satisfaction with work-life balance, a second component measured in these studies, suffered a decline between 2011 and 2014, from 48.5% to 40.9%.

The disclosed instances of burnout increased across all specialties queried, without any increase in the number of hours worked or diagnoses of depression. Science Daily reports that the “evidence indicates that burnout leads to poor care, physician turnover and a decline in the overall quality of the health care system.” With the introduction of ICD-10, combined with other cumbersome documentation requirements placed on physicians, the consensus on a possible solution points to first improving the clerical and procedural efficiencies associated with a medical practice.

Click here to review the report from the Mayo Clinic.