The 10 elements contributing to burnout: Medscape

The COVID-19 pandemic affected physicians in a number of ways, according to Medscape's "2021 Physician Burnout & Suicide Report."

Medscape surveyed 12,339 physicians in more than 29 specialties from Aug. 30, 2020, through Nov. 5, 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout figures remained relatively stable, but the pandemic did affect some specialties more than others.

Here are 10 elements that contributed to burnout:

Too many bureaucratic tasks: 58 percent
Spending too many hours at work: 37 percent
Lack of respect from administrators/employers, colleagues or staff: 37 percent
Insufficient compensation/reimbursement: 32 percent
Lack of control/autonomy: 28 percent
Increasing computerization of practice: 28 percent
Lack of respect from patients: 17 percent
Stress from social distancing/societal issues related to COVID-19: 16 percent
Government regulations: 14 percent
Stress from treating COVID-19 patients: 8 percent

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