I got a very relevant Newsletter today in my mailbox. The American Medical Association (AMA) sends me medical news snippets daily. Today there was an interesting article about the different rankings of physician burnout as categorized by different specialties. “Too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, feeling like just a cog in a wheel, increased computerization of practice: In the “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017,” more than 14,000 physicians surveyed designated these four concerns as the top causes of burnout.”
According to the chart from the Medscape Lifestyle Report, Emergency Medicine tops the list of specialties reporting physician burnout. Looking at the chart further, there were some specialties that had an increase in physicians reporting burnout: OB/Gyn, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Cardiology, among the top contenders. There were also some specialties that had a decrease: Critical Care, Neurology and Nephrology, just to name a few. It has been said that certain specialties have an inherent risk for physician burnout. Emergency Medicine always comes to mind as one of these. However, in the past few years, there have been reports of physician burnout from all spheres of medicine.
The importance of physician well-being and the issue of burnout is becoming a lot more prominent in the American Society. As data is gathered and more articles are published, this issue gains more ground and public awareness. There is a trickle down effect where everybody ultimately becomes affected. Physician burnout leads to decreased quality of patient care and productivity in the medical setting.