Rising physician burnout is threatening patient care, physicians’ well-being, and ultimately the overall quality of the U.S. healthcare system, according to new results released December 1 from Mayo Clinic’s three-year study in partnership with the American Medical Association. Researchers from Mayo Clinic compared data collected from surveys in 2011 and 2014, revealing a 10 percent increase in burnout with 54 percent of physicians now experiencing one or more symptoms of burnout. Here are the top three takeaways from Mayo Clinic’s latest findings:
- Job burnout is greater in healthcare. Very little change in burnout was reported among the 5,313 non-healthcare professionals surveyed alongside 6,880 physicians, widening the gap between physicians and other professionals.
- Burnout now reaches beyond the “front lines.” Survey responses in 2011 revealed the highest rates of burnout in internal medicine, family medicine, and emergency medicine, but new data reveals an increase in burnout across nearly every specialty.
- Healthcare organizations need better solutions. Current self-help initiatives aren’t cutting it, and researchers say healthcare organizations need systematic change to improve operational efficiency, give physicians more flexibility in their workload, and reduce the burden of administrative tasks.
The urgency to address physician burnout is a major opportunity for emerging technology companies to help leadership in healthcare organizations turn things around. Innovative solutions like Lightning Bolt optimize hospital shift scheduling to improve physicians’ work-life balance and prevent burnout.
Mayo Clinic provides resources for identifying burnout and the factors that cause it. How is your healthcare organization fairing, and what technology solutions can you implement to reduce, or even prevent, burnout among your physicians?