Employed, self-employed physicians report burnout at the same rate: 5 things to know

Self-employed and employed physicians experience burnout at nearly the same rate, according to the Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018.

Here are five things to know:

1. Around 42 percent of employed and self-employed physicians report experiencing burnout. Employed physicians may experience stress reaching productivity targets while self-employed physicians feel the responsibility of running a business overwhelming.

2. About 35 percent of physicians in the younger group and half of physicians between ages 45 and 54 years old report burnout.

3. More than half — 56 percent — of physicians report too much bureaucratic tasks as the reason for burnout; 39 percent say they spend too many hours at work.

4. Half of physicians report exercising as a coping mechanism with burnout; 26 percent said they talk with close friends and family members.

5. Around 52 percent of physicians in office-based solo practices use workplace programs to reduce stress or burnout; by comparison, 29 percent of physicians in healthcare organizations and 25 percent of those in hospitals report using workplace programs.

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