Few surgeons would seek professional help for burnout, depression — 29 statistics

Although surgeons work longer hours than most other physicians, they're among the least likely to seek professional help when experiencing burnout or depression, according to the Medscape National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019.

Medscape surveyed 15,069 physicians from 29-plus specialties.

Percent of burned out/depressed physicians who said they'd be likely to seek help:

1. Psychiatry: 45
2. Public health and preventive medicine: 45
3. OB-GYN: 37
4. Pediatrics: 36
5. Pathology: 34
6. Dermatology: 33
7. ENT: 32
8. Infectious diseases: 32
9. Plastic surgery: 31
10. Pulmonary medicine: 31
11. Oncology: 30
12. Anesthesiology: 29
13. Family medicine: 29
14. Emergency medicine: 27
15. Critical care: 27
16. Ophthalmology: 26
17. Internal medicine: 26
18. Radiology: 26
19. Diabetes and endocrinology: 26
20. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: 24
21. Neurology: 24
22. Gastroenterology: 24
23. Cardiology: 23
24. Orthopedics: 22
25. Urology: 20
26. Nephrology: 19
27. General surgery: 17
28. Rheumatology: 16
29. Allergy and immunology: 13

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