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Burning Down the Docs

Once again, let us take up the subject of burnout. There has been a great deal of talk over the last some years about this, including a piece by your editor.2 But it’s not going away. It’s getting worse. Some recent publications have focused on intensivists,3 which is the subject for today. In the most recent Medscape physician lifestyle survey, intensivists scored a 53% burnout rate.4 This was the highest in the study. Emergency medicine physicians (the former champs!) scored 52%. Overall, physicians scored 46%. The level was 40% only two years ago. In the Medscape survey, burnout was defined as “loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and low sense of personal accomplishment.”4 In more descriptive terms, you just don’t give a flip anymore.

Charles W. Van Way, III, MD

Click here to continue reading this article on page 3 of the winter 2016 issue of Kansas City Medicine.

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