A term used to describe emotional exhaustion in the workplace. It’s true, it happens to all of us, especially in healthcare providers at any level of training. @dr.wine.and.gyn recently wrote a thought-provoking post on this subject because it is common and can happen to any of us.
I love what I do, but there are times when I can’t wait to see the finish line. Somedays I have fewer patients, but as a new provider, many of them are new retina consults that take time, energy, and conscious delivery of delicate information. I come early and stay late. It can be exhausting.
In Medscape’s 2018 survey, they found that burnout affects almost 42% of physicians, with a higher percentage of them female. It’s one of the most serious problems in healthcare. The highest rate of burnout was reported in critical care, neurology, family medicine, ob-gyn, and internal medicine. In Ophthalmology, the burnout rate was reported as high as in 33% of physicians.
No physician or field (non healthcare included) is immune to emotional exhaustion. It also negatively impacts quality of care, efficiency of the healthcare team, and increases medical errors.
So how do we treat burnout? There isn’t a simple Rx we can write. But perhaps we can start a meaningful conversation in hopes of supporting one another in what some could view as a healthcare crises.
On a personal level I try to maintain balance and realize that somedays I’m more of a surgeon, some days I’m more of a mama, some days I do it all with a mix of love, self care, and quality family time. Swipe to see other suggestions based on the Medscape survey results. Would love to hear your experiences with burnout and coping mechanisms ⬇️