Physician burnout is common in the United States, with half of the family physicians feeling physical and psychological burnout. According to a recent survey, there has been a substantial increase in burnout among family physicians younger than 35 years, where 43% are now reporting burnout, compared to only 10% in 2013. Physicians have a more than two-fold increased risk over the general population for dying by suicide. Approximately 400 physicians commit suicide every year. Many aspects of patient care may be compromised by burnout. Burnout has been associated with reduced patient satisfaction and patient adherence to treatment plans. Physicians who have burnout are more likely to report making new medical errors, score lower on instruments measuring empathy, have higher job dissatisfaction, and are more likely to retire early. Two significant contributors to burnout are communication and self-care. …read more …

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