Potential solutions to the global physician burnout crisis — 81 'Medscape' survey findings

Medscape compared burnout factors among physicians working in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the U.S.

Medscape surveyed 19,935 physicians from Europe and the U.S. about how burned out they feel and what could help improve it.

How physicians responded:

More support staff

1. U.K.: 23 percent
2. U.S.: 19 percent
3. France: 43 percent
4. Germany: 14 percent
5. Portugal: 4 percent
6. Spain: 17 percent

More manageable work schedule

7. U.K.: 34 percent
8. U.S.: 29 percent
9. France: 34 percent
10. Germany: 22 percent
11. Portugal: 29 percent
12. Spain: 23 percent

Greater respect from employers, colleagues or staff

13. U.K.: 31 percent
14. U.S.: 23 percent
15. France: 30 percent
16. Germany: 29 percent
17. Portugal: 33 percent
18. Spain: 34 percent

Emphasis on patients over profits

19. U.K.: 15 percent
20. U.S.: 20 percent
21. France: 29 percent
22. Germany: 34 percent
23. Portugal: 21 percent
24. Spain: 18 percent

Increased compensation/salary

25. U.K.: 29 percent
26. U.S.: 35 percent
27. France: 24 percent
28. Germany: 38 percent
29. Portugal: 40 percent
30. Spain: 45 percent

Decreased government regulations

31. U.K.: 23 percent
32. U.S.: 27 percent
33. France: 18 percent
34. Germany: 30 percent
35. Portugal: 9 percent
36. Spain: 9 percent

More reasonable patient loads

37. U.K.: 39 percent
38. U.S.: 24 percent
39. France: 15 percent
40. Germany: 29 percent
41. Portugal: 31 percent
42. Spain: 39 percent

Greater schedule flexibility

43. U.K.: 15 percent
44. U.S.: 20 percent
45. France: 15 percent
46. Germany: 18 percent
47. Portugal: 21 percent
48. Spain: 13 percent

Greater respect from patients

49. U.K.: 9 percent
50. U.S.: 12 percent
60. France: 15 percent
61. Germany: 10 percent
62. Portugal: 16 percent
63. Spain: 13 percent

More educational professional opportunities

64. U.K.: 13 percent
65. U.S.: 8 percent
66. France: 10 percent
67. Germany: 6 percent
68. Portugal: 27 percent
69. Spain: 29 percent

Increased control/autonomy

70. U.K.: 22 percent
71. U.S.: 24 percent
72. France: 10 percent
73. Germany: 14 percent
74. Portugal: 12 percent
75. Spain: 13 percent

More paid time off

76. U.K.: 15 percent
77. U.S.: 22 percent
78. France: 9 percent
79. Germany: 16 percent
80. Portugal: 28 percent
81. Spain: 17 percent

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