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Burnout increasing among physicians in the United States

Burnout increasing among physicians in the united states

The physician burnout rate in the United States is increasing, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in JAMA Network Open.

Marcus V. Ortega, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined the prevalence of burnout among physicians in a large multispecialty group over a five-year period.

Analysis included 1,373 physician faculty members of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization surveyed in 2017, 2019, and 2021. Different clinical specialties and a full range of career stages were represented in the group of physicians.

The researchers found that 50.3% of the respondents were men, 67.1% were white, and 34.8% reported between 11 and 20 years of experience. Burnout in the group reporting between 11 and 20 years of experience declined from 44.4% in 2017 to 41.9% in 2019, but increased to 50.4% in 2021.

Significantly higher burnout rates were seen among female physicians versus their , versus physicians in other specialties, and with ≤10 years of experience versus those with more experience.

"The findings of this survey study suggest that the physician burnout rate in the U.S. is increasing," the authors write. "This pattern represents a to the ability of the U.S. health care system to care for patients and needs urgent solutions."

More information: Marcus V. Ortega et al, Patterns in Physician Burnout in a Stable-Linked Cohort, JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.36745

Journal information: JAMA Network Open

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