Burnout is pervasive throughout the medical community. Almost half of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians report symptoms of burnout (JAMA 2018). More specifically, 41% of pediatricians report feeling burned out (Medscape 2019).
Gender differences in burnout
Women physicians experience the struggles with work-life integration differently than their male counterparts. They often report higher responsibility of home chores or duties. They struggle accessing mentors, leadership positions and often report higher rates of burnout, sometimes as high as 60%. (NAM 2019)
- Gender-Based Differences in Burnout: Issues Faced by Women Physicians
- Gender-Based Difference in Physician Burnout-Barriers to Women and Wellness (Webinar)
What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to:
- Emotional exhaustion
- Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment
- Detachment from patients, work, family
Male physicians experience detachment more often. Women physicians experience higher rates of emotional exhaustion.
There are many influencers of physician burnout such as time pressure, administrative burden, excessive work hours, intense and unsupportive work environment, threat of malpractice suits, difficult patients, and sleep deprivation
Top 3 reasons pediatricians report very or moderately stressed:
- Catching up with work at home
- Documenting patient info into EHR
- Completing nonclinical activities
*Source: AAP PLACES Check Point Survey, 2017 (n=1,242)
Am I Experiencing Burnout?
Signs of Burnout:
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle tension
- Increased illness
- Loss of enjoyment: Not wanting to go to work or eager to leave
- Increased irritability
- Lack of productivity
How can I assess my own burnout?
Below are a few tools and resources to help you determine if you are feeling burned out.
Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) for Medical Personnel: Recognized as the leading measure of burnout, the Maslach BurnoutInventoryTM (MBI) is validated by the extensive research that has been conducts in more than 35 years since its initial publication.
Mini-Z Survey: 11 questions focusing on work satisfaction/engagement from the Physician Worklife Study, MEMO study and Healthy Workplace study.
Well-Being Index: The Well-Being Indexes were invented by the Mayo Clinic. These anonymous, web-based tools evaluate dimensions of distress with 9 questions.
American Academy of Pediatrics