March 8, 2023

Survey: Physician happiness before, after pandemic

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

A Medscape survey of more than 9,100 physicians across 29 specialties finds that 75% were happy outside of work before the COVID-19 pandemic, and that dropped to 58% after the pandemic, the March 7 Becker’s Hospital Review reports.

The survey, which looks at physicians’ mental health, happiness with family, burnout levels, and more, finds that nearly every specialty shifted in rankings after the pandemic.

  • Pulmonary medicine and pediatrics had previously been 1st and 2nd, and they have now dropped to 14th and 12th, respectively.
  • Infectious disease had previously been 18th and is now at the bottom spot of 29th.
  • Anesthesiology had previously been 8th and has now dropped to 18th.
  • The only specialty that didn’t change was orthopedics, which still remains in 3rd place.


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