Physician burnout is high; and according to a new report, it’s even higher among the generation in the middle. The study from Medscape says that nearly 48% of Gen X physicians (those aged 40 to 54) report burnout, compared to 38% of millennials and 39% of baby boomers. Among other findings:
- 42% of all physicians report feeling burned out; interestingly, this is down from 46% five years ago.
- Specialties reporting the highest levels of burnout include critical care, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, and urology.
- 48% of women report experiencing burnout, compared to 37% of men.
- The top contributors to burnout include too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, lack of respect from administrators/colleagues/staff, increasing computerization of practice, and insufficient compensation/reimbursement.