Survey Finds Burnout Among Doctors Remains High During COVID-19

February 2, 2021

Women physicians report higher rates of burnout

A national survey of 12,000 physicians finds the burnout rates among physicians remain similar to last year at 42% overall, but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected some specialties more than others.

According to the Medscape National Physician Burnout and Suicide Report 2021, 51% of women doctors surveyed report feeling burned out, as compared to 36% of male physicians. Additional child care, schooling and home responsibilities may be contributing factors for women’s stress.

The number one contribution to burnout – listed by 58% of the physicians surveyed – was too many bureaucratic tasks, with too many hours at work coming in second at 37%. About half of the respondents report that they cope by exercising, talking with family and friends and spending time alone.

ISMIE is committed to supporting its policyholders with wellness-related services during these most challenging times. Our resource, COVID-19: Wellness for Healthcare Professionals is available to help you cope with the feelings of burnout and stress. Additional resources can be found at ISMIE’s Wellness Center

If you have questions about any of our wellness resources, please contact the Risk Management team by email.
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