How physicians cope with burnout

Exercise is the most common coping mechanism for physicians experiencing burnout, according to Medscape's "Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2024" released Jan. 26.

The report included 9,226 respondents across more than 29 specialities.

Here are the coping mechanisms that physicians use for burnout:

Exercise: 52%

Talk with family/friends: 49%

Sleep: 41%

Spend time alone: 39%

Play/listen to music: 37%

Eat junk food: 33%

Drink alcohol: 24%

Meditate/similar stress-reduction techniques: 23%

Binge eat: 21%

Use prescription drugs: 3%

Smoke/use nicotine products: 2%

Use cannabis products: 2%

Other: 10%

Nothing: 2%

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