470+ healthcare staff share their thoughts on physician burnout
The workplace complexities of being a physician, nurse, or other caretaker are rising as the weight of administrative tasks increases, meeting patient needs becomes more difficult, and the overall healthcare environment rapidly shifts. Frustrations are widespread and expanding, leading to growing levels of burnout. We surveyed healthcare professionals to learn more about the prevalence of physician burnout and to investigate the ways healthcare organizations are working to lessen its effects.
More than 470 healthcare staff (40% were physicians and 38% were nurses) responded to our questions about burnout in healthcare. Our questions were guided by the 2019 paper, A Crisis in Healthcare: A Call to Action on Physician Burnout, and explored the role of technology, how organizations are working to tackle burnout, and the measures our respondents believe will help.
Physician burnout survey results at-a-glance:
- 95% of clinicians believe improving electronic health record usability will be at least somewhat helpful, with 27% reporting it will be “extremely helpful”
- 92% of surveyed clinicians called burnout “a public health crisis”
- 90% of clinicians believe increased and ineffective technology contributes to the risk of clinician burnout
- 65% of clinicians say they are prevented from seeking help for symptoms of burnout because their organization lacks institutional attention and resources