Why physicians are burnt out

Excessive bureaucratic tasks are the most prominent cause of physician burnout, according to a recent survey by Medscape.

The "Physician Burnout & Depression Report" for 2024, released Jan. 24, surveyed 9,226 physicians from July 5 to Oct. 9 across more than 29 specialties who indicated they experience burnout about how long they have felt persistently burnt out. 

Here are the parts of being a physician contributing most to burnout among providers, based on popularity of each selection from a provided list (Note: Respondents could choose more than one option):

1. Too many bureaucratic tasks (e.g. charting, paperwork): 62%

2. Too many hours at work: 41%

3. Lack of respect from administrators/employers, colleagues or staff: 40%

4. Insufficient compensation: 38%

5. Lack of control/autonomy: 32%

6. Computerization of practice (EHRs): 24%

7. Lack of respect from patients: 22%

8. Government regulations: 13%

9. Other: 9%

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