Burnout among all physicians
Forty-seven percent of physicians reported feeling burned out last year. This is up from a rate of 42 percent in 2020. These data were published Januray 21, 2022 in Medscape’s 2021 “Physician Burnout & Depression Report“. Medscape surveyed 13,069 physicians in 29 specialties from June 29 to Sept. 26, 2021, with the pandemic still underway. Forty-seven percent of physicians reported having no workplace programs to reduce stress or burnout. This survey showed significant, harmful rates of burnout and depression. In addition, suicidal ideations were reported in thirteen percent of physicians.
Burnout in primary care physicians
A recent cost analysis determined that turnover of primary care physicians leads to nearly $1 billion in annual excess healthcare spending. One third of these costs was attributed to work-related burnout. This study was published Feb 22, 2022 by the American Medical Association in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Burnout in Nurses
Forty-six percent of surveyed nurses younger than 35 years old said they are not emotionally healthy. Sixty-six percent of nurses reported feeling anxious. Moreover, fifty-five percent of nurses surveyed are considering leaving their jobs. These worrisome findings were released March 1, 2022. This survey of 12,694 nurses between Jan. 8 and 29, was conducted by The American Nurses Foundation and Joslin Insight.
Healthcare experts make recommendations to prevent burnout.
Because burnout is a threat not only to workers, but also to the quality of healthcare, a group of healthcare experts, in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine, released a report in February 2022. They outline five actions that healthcare leaders can take to support the emotional, psychological, and on-the-job demands for nurses, physicians, and other employees. These include:
- Involve leaders across the organization in clinician well-being efforts
- Build organizational will to make clinician well-being a priority
- Develop, communicate, and coordinate a shared focus on improving patient care across the organization
- Use data to continuously improve the clinical work and learning environments
- Create sustainable solutions addressing factors driving burnout
Burnout is prevalent among healthcare workers, affecting both physicians and nurses. Specific changes in heathcare organizations will be required to prevent further deterioration of workers.