Nearly 40% of US doctors are burnt-out and half would be willing to take a pay cut for better hours

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American physicians are burnt-out and would take a substantial pay cut for better hours, a new survey has found.

Researchers found that almost half of Generation X physicians (ages 40 to 54) reported feeling burnt-out mainly due to too many bureaucratic tasks and lack of respect from bosses and colleagues.

Comparison - Percent - Millennials - Percent - Baby

By comparison, 38 percent of millennials (ages 25 to 39) and 39 percent of baby boomers (ages 55 to 73) reported burnout.

What's more, 50 percent of doctors surveyed said they would be willing to take a pay cut for reduced hours and more work-life balance.

Report - Information - Site - Medscape - Surveyors

For the report from medical information site Medscape, surveyors recruited more than 15,000 physicians across 29 specialties between June 25 and September 19.

Burnout was described as 'long-term, unresolved, job-related stress leading to exhaustion, cynicism, detachment from job responsibilities, and lacking a sense of personal accomplishment.'

Professions - Syndrome - World - Health - Organization

It's become so prevalent across several professions that it is officially recognized as a chronic syndrome by the World Health Organization.

Rates are much higher among medical professionals due to factors such as grueling schedules and several administrative tasks.

Rates - Burnout - Decline - Percent - Percent

Overall rates of burnout were found to be on the decline - 42 percent in 2019 compared to 46 percent in 2015 - but still persisting.

Burnout was highest among urologists (54 percent), neurologists (50 percent), and nephrologists, specializing in kidney care an (49 percent).

Rates - Orthopedists - Percent - Percent - Health

Lowest rates were seen among orthopedists (34 percent), ophthalmologists (30 percent), and public health and preventive medicine specialists (29 percent).

Female physicians across all specialties were also 25 percent more likely to report burnout compared to their...
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