Burnout among orthopedic surgeons remains high: 5 things to know

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | February 26, 2018 | Print  |

An in-depth study of emotional burnout among medical specialties, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found orthopedic surgery is one of the specialties with the highest burnout rate.

Here are five things to know:

 

1. The study surveyed physician burnout, characterized by loss of enthusiasm for work, feeling cynicism and a low sense of personal accomplishment.

 

2. A previous 2012 study showed 45.8 percent of physicians were burned out. Researchers predict this rate has significantly increased.

 

3. Burnout rates also correlated with medical education. Across specialties, between 41 percent and 74 percent of residents reported feeling burned out.

 

4. Study authors recommend orthopedic surgery departments and programs develop personalized strategies to combat the burn out rate.

 

5. The authors said, "Wellness goes beyond merely the absence of the distress and includes being challenged, thriving and achieving success in various aspects of personal and professional life."

 

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