Are medical professionals happy?
It’s known as ‘burnout’. Its symptoms are lack of enthusiasm regarding work, a feeling of cynism or low level of personal satisfaction. And half of the physicians in the US suffer from this, according to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report.
This survey, in which around 20,000 physicians participated, shows that this feeling, far from diminishing, has increased among medical professionals in recent years. Thus, in 2013, 40 percent of physicians identified with the burnout symptoms, in 2015, this percentage rose to 46 percent. An increase especially substantial in the case of family practitioners and internists, from 43 percent in 2013 to 50 percent in 2015.
By specialties, the greatest percentage of burnouts is registered among critical care physicians (53 percent of them acknowledges to suffer from this); followed by emergency physicians (52 percent) and family practitioners, general surgeons, those specializing in infectious diseases and internal medicine (50 percent). While dermatologists (37 percent) and psychiatrists (38 percent) are those who suffer less from burnout.