Clinician Well-Being

Physician burnout is on the rise, and now affects more than half of U.S. doctors. The epidemic has far-reaching consequences not only for physicians, but also for their families, patients, the whole healthcare team, and the greater healthcare system.

Burnout is characterized by three symptoms: exhaustion, cynicism or dehumanization, and sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.

Physicians face burnout at double the rate of other U.S. professions. Nurses are also acutely affected. Specialties that are on the front lines of healthcare access — emergency medicine, general internal medicine, and family medicine — carry the greatest risk of burnout.

Burnout has also been linked to hopelessness and a higher risk of suicide.  The statistics for physician suicide are alarming:

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the Lifeline Crisis Chat.

Many organizations are making efforts and compiling resources to help with this epidemic: