An October 2023 investigative study published by JAMA Network looked at physician burnout among US physicians over the past 5 years and found that burnout is increasing, JAMA October 6 reports. According to the study, burnout is a threat to the US healthcare system and physicians' ability to care for patients.
The study involved 1,373 physician faculty members of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization over three survey periods: 2017, 2019, and 2021. Participants represented different clinical specialties and a range of career stages. Physicians were surveyed based on career and compensation satisfaction, well-being, administrative workload, and leadership and diversity.
Significantly higher burnout rates were found:
The findings indicate that the physician burnout rate more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting other studies. It also revealed an association between burnout and personal and professional factors, such as experience and administrative tasks.Read More >>