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Burnout

04-Apr-2018 10:22

Burnout is the state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life. The term was first used by the psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, the author of Burnout: The High Cost of Achievement to describe the consequences of people in high-stress careers with set ideals. A burnout is particularly prevalent in ‘helping’ professions like healthcare. In fact, burnout is on the rise in the medical industry. The 2017 Physician Lifestyle Survey reported that 51% of the participants (over 14,000 participants) suffered from burnout. That’s up from 46% in 2015 and 40% in 2013.

Burnout also appears to be more common in women than in men. Approximately 55% of women in the 2017 study reported burnout compared to 45% of men. Conversely, 45% of men and 39% of women reported being happy at work.

 

Why Physicians Suffer from Burnout

Healthcare is a high-stress industry, making it ripe for burnout. There are a number of things that can cause burnout:

  • Long, demanding hours

  • Pressure from patients or colleagues

  • Employer issues

  • Work overload

  • Too many administrative challenges

Problems outside of work can also lead to burnout. Marital issues, family problems, and financial worries are all major contributors. Understanding how at risk you are for burnout as a physician is important. Once you know what can trigger it, you can begin to develop preventive coping mechanisms to head it off at the pass.

Tulip hospital makes sure that we tackle this arising issue with the upmost importance and concern. The Medical fraternity as care providers collectively believe in high values of ethics, empathy and standards of care. So, Emphasis on World class quality & other areas such as preventive health has been a felt need for most of us.

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