FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Between 2020 and 2021, according to a study published online Sept. 13 in US physicians, Mayo clinical procedures.
Tate D. Shanafelt, MD, of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues assessed the prevalence of burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration (WLI) in US physicians at the end of 2021 compared to 2020, 2017, 2014, and 2011. for years. Survey responses from 2,440 physicians were included in the analysis.
The researchers found that averages of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization in 2021 were higher than in all previous years. Emotional exhaustion averages have increased by 38.6 percent since 2020, and depersonalization averages have increased by 60.7 percent. The percentage of physicians with at least one symptom of burnout was higher in 2021 (62.8 percent) compared to 2020 (38.2 percent), 2017 (43.9 percent), 2014 (54.4 percent), and 2011 (45, 5 percent). The trends were preserved in almost all specialties. From 2020 to 2021, WLI satisfaction dropped from 46.1 to 30.2 percent, while average depression scores rose 6.1 percent.
“Given the association of physician burnout with quality of care, turnover, and reduced work effort, these findings have serious implications for the US health care system,” the authors write.