Physician burnout on the decline

Physician burnout rates have fallen below 50% for the first time since 2020, according to a July 2 report from the American Medical Association. 

The burnout rate nationwide reached a record high in 2021, hitting 62.8%. The AMA surveyed more than 12,400 physicians across 31 states from 81 health systems and organizations in 2023. 

The survey tracked physicians' job satisfaction, job stress, burnout, intent to leave an organization, feeling valued by an organization and total hours spent per week on work-related activities.

In 2023, 48.2% of physicians reported experiencing at least one burnout symptom, down from 53% in 2022. In addition, from 2022 to 2023, physicians' job satisfaction rose from 68% to 72.1%.

Rates of physician stress are also on the decline, with 50.7% expressing feeling a great deal of stress because of their job in 2023, down from 55.6% in 2022.

Physicians are also feeling more valued than they were the previous year, with 50.4% of physicians expressing feeling valued by their organization to a great extent or moderately, up from 46.3% in 2022.

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