Hospitalist burnout and sociotechnical factors contributing to workplace stress

Research measures toll of physicians' mental, emotional challenges

By Sara Baker Stokes, Richa Kanwar, Saumya Jain, Karthik Adapa, Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Lukasz Mazur

National studies have shown that almost 50% of physicians experience some manifestations of burnout. Specialties at the front line of healthcare access, including internal medicine, emergency, and primary medicine, show rates higher than national averages (“Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Integration in Physicians and the General U.S. Working Population Between 2011 and 2017,” Tait D. Shanafelt, Colin P. West, Christine Sinsky, Mickey Trockel, Michael Tutty, Daniel V. Satele, Lindsey E. Carlasare and Lotte N. Dyrbye, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2019).

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