Physician burnout is real. Here’s how to fix it

Read the latest whitepaper on Whitepapers Online titled, "Physician burnout is real. Here’s how to fix it" There are too many physicians today who feel undervalued because of organizational inefficiencies and system issues they believe come from leaders. This is a major cause of the burnouts taking place. Physicians who experience burnouts are increasing in number by the day. A lot of the times their symptoms of burnout are not validated. This whitepaper report provides an insight into the problems physicians face and how burnouts affect their capability to work.

Why Burnouts are Common in Physicians

A recent survey conducted showed findings of how poor administration affects a physician's ability to do their jobs well. The physicians who gave low marks to their long-term administrators had a higher chance of feeling less confident at jobs and were more likely to be less engaged. Physicians who have just started their practice report they work far more busy schedules than those who hold seniority. This is because they are expected to have higher productivity and a tighter work schedule. Their sleep cycles are affected and it takes a toll on their performance. This leads to dissatisfaction among new physicians and increases their chances of leaving the organization. For healthcare systems, it is a lot more expensive to replace a physician than it is to alter the conditions to create a less stress-inducing environment. Healthier doctors can care better for their patients, which is why eradicating burnouts should be the top priority.

What Constitutes a Physician Burnout

There are three main components to a physician burnout, which are: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a low sense of accomplishment. People who are not at their best cannot perform. A strong, healthy doctor would most likely be better at doing their job than a doctor who feels dejected and exhausted. This affects the doctor-patient relationship as well. Patients would rather see a doctor in his top form than one who does not feel like he is capable. Burnout reduces the chances of feeling connected to the patients, and in turn, leads to patients not feeling comfortable enough to visit.

Administration is Key

Data suggests that the main cause of physician burnout is not the interaction with patients, but the administration work. Physicians believe they spend too much time doing their administrative tasks. The increasing amount of after-hours workload also plays a factor. Clerical work processes are frustrating and can demoralize anyone.

Finding the Most Effective Solution

The best way to tackle this problem would be to change administration methods. Addressing and fixing system issues can go a long way to help physicians feel more capable. Training and support to physicians to build resilience will help. By giving physicians the tools and resources they need to do their best, one can improve their feeling of capability. Improvement of organizational culture can be of great assistance. The delegation of work, increasing teamwork, providing physicians with the support they need, all work in the favour of giving optimal healthcare to patients. This data shows that one has to fix workplace issues that only fuel physician burnouts. This will increase the organization's ability to provide high-quality healthcare.

Key Takeaways

  • Physician burnout is mainly caused by clerical and unrelated administrative work
  • The main components of physician burnout are: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization or cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work
  • Patients usually prefer going to doctors who are healthier and feel more engaged in their work
  • Providing support and altering the administration culture can be greatly helpful in helping physicians reduce burnout

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