Physician Stress and Burnout: Prevalence, Cause, and Effect

Alan H. Rosenstein, MD

A nationwide, multispecialty survey of more than 2,000 physicians conducted by Physician Wellness Services and Cejka Search in late 2011 found that almost 87 percent of respondents felt moderately to severely stressed and burned out on an average day, and almost 63 percent admitted feeling more stressed and burned out now than they did 3 years ago.

More than just defining prevalence, however, the survey delved into the causes and effects of stress and burnout in almost every area of physicians’ lives—including external, work, and personal, life-related factors. The results are thought-provoking, and the implications are enormous for both individuals and healthcare organizations.

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