Burnout: A Serious Threat to the Healthcare System
Defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity,” the phenomenon is strikingly widespread.
According to the CMA National Physician Health Survey, 30% of physicians and residents report high levels of burnout, with medical residents, women, and early-career physicians at most risk.
Cue: The pandemic. With two years of COVID-19 and the intense pressure it’s placed on physicians under our belt, awareness of burnout is at an all-time high. However, action is still required to mitigate burnout’s insidious effects on the healthcare system.
In the next two blog posts in our series of three, we’ll discuss causes of physician burnout and provide actionable steps to address physician burnout in your medical practice, so that your patients and physicians receive the care they deserve.