Compensation, reimbursement factor into burnout for 34% of orthopedists

Angie Stewart -  

More than one-third of orthopedists are burned out, according to Medscape's "Orthopedist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020."

Medscape surveyed 15,181 physicians across 29-plus specialties from June 25, 2019, to Sept. 19, 2019.

Five takeaways:

1. Just 2 percent of orthopedists reported being depressed without burnout, but 23 percent were burned out and 12 percent were both burned out and depressed.

2. The top three factors contributing to orthopedist burnout are bureaucratic tasks (65 percent), increasing computerization of medical practice (44 percent) and insufficient compensation/reimbursement (34 percent).

3. Orthopedists primarily cope with burnout by exercising, isolating themselves or sleeping.

4. Seventy-seven percent of orthopedists haven't sought professional care for depression or burnout and don't intend to do so in the future.

5. Fifty-two percent of those orthopedists said they feel they can handle the issue on their own and/or believe their symptoms aren't severe enough to warrant professional care.


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