• Dr. Jordan Vollrath

Systemic Causes of Physician Burnout

While burnout is experienced on an individual level, it’s unquestionably a systemic issue. According to the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational phenomenon that results from chronic workplace stressors, such as:

  • Inefficient work processes and environments

  • Clerical burden

  • Excessive workloads

  • Work-home conflicts

  • Lack of control and autonomy

  • Lack of meaning

  • Poor organizational support structures and leadership culture

The lingering effects of burnout are widespread. Evidently, burnout has a psychologically draining effect on physicians. But from an economic perspective, physician burnout may also reduce productivity, increase employee turnover, and limit patient access to care.

Yet, all hope is not lost! While burnout among physicians is a significant issue in healthcare, there are numerous strategies to provide enhanced support to healthcare providers and reduce burnout. Stay tuned for our final blog post within this series where we take a deep dive into some preventative interventions and strategies.

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