50%+ of US physicians experiencing burnout — 5 insights from Mayo Clinic study

More than half of United States physicians are experiencing professional burnout, according to a study conducted by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.

Here are five insights:

1. From Aug. 28 to Oct. 6, 2014, researchers surveyed U.S. physicians and a probability-based sample of the general U.S. population used in 2011 Mayo Clinic study on burnout.

2. Of the 35,922 physicians who received an invitation to participate, 6,880 completed surveys.

3. A little more than 54 percent of the physicians reported at least one symptom of burnout in 2014 compared with 45.5 percent in 2011.

4. Satisfaction with work-life balance also declined in physicians between 2011 and 2014 from 48.5 percent to 40.9 percent.

5. The study also shows substantial differences in rates of burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance by specialty.

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