Check this out. What you will see are the fascinating results of a survey done with physicians on the topic of burnout. Top line findings include the fact that PCP’s have a somewhat higher rate of burnout than do specialists, although both are well over 50%.
Especially interesting to me was the fact that doctors in their 30’s and 40’s have the highest reported rates of burnout, with percentages dropping thereafter. Question. Is this a difference of generations, or will the doctors who are currently in the younger category mellow as they grow older? Stay tuned on that one.
AND. Physicians not surprisingly report that the institutions where they work are not doing a good job of managing burnout, and believe that interventions like adding support staff could make a major improvement in the situation.
Bottom Line. Burnout seems to be like the old saying about the weather. Everybody talks about it, but no one seems able to do anything about it. Perhaps it is time to stop studying burnout and start doing something meaningful to reduce it.
Relatedly, despite the gazillions of pieces I have read about burnout, I don’t recall seeing any discussions of burnout in other countries. I am thinking of an Israeli Orthopedist and his OR nurse wife I visited with years ago outside of Jerusalem. Like most other people there, they work six days a week, only taking off for the sabbath. Funny. They didn’t seem burned out. In fact, Izar, a world-renowned spine surgeon, had only one complaint. In the Israeli healthcare system, his salary was the same as that of a Dermatologist treating acne, and he wanted to know why!
So. How does this burnout thing work in other countries? Inquiring minds want to know!