Burnout indicator: 28% are unhappy with their current job in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an extraordinary amount of stress for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

The AMA’s 2022 National Burnout Benchmarking report offers data on burnout, stress and job satisfaction from January 2020 through December 2021. The report, updated annually, also examines other key drivers of burnout. burnout that arose during the pandemic. More than 100 surveys were completed by physicians and other clinicians (nurses and physician assistants) from nearly 100 facilities.

Of the 11,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals who responded, 72% were satisfied with their current job, down 4% from the previous baseline (2019-2020) and the first time there was a decline in overall job satisfaction.

“Overall, 52% of respondents felt a lot of stress. This is also a 4% increase from our previous benchmark,” said Kyra Cappelucci Ng, Program Manager for AMA Practice Transformation, during an AMA STEPS Forward.® webinar on promoting clinician wellness and important insights from the 2022 National Burnout Benchmarking report.

Job stress was “nearly 11% higher among our female respondents than among our males. This was especially true among women who were between six and 10 years old after training,” she said, noting that stress was also “highest among our respondents in oncology, at 64%, and in family medicine. at 61%”.

Determined to make physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied and is currently addressing the issues that cause and fuel physician burnout, including time constraints, technology and regulation. , to better understand and reduce the challenges that physicians face. Focusing on the factors causing burnout at the system level, the AMA assesses the well-being of an organization and offers guidance and targeted solutions to support physician well-being and satisfaction.

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Just over half of respondents suffer from burnout, an increase of 4% from the previous benchmark. The highest rate was seen among respondents aged six to 10 in full-time practice after training, with 58% feeling exhausted.

Young women who were earlier in their careers also experienced high rates of burnout because they had to shoulder a huge burden throughout the pandemic, with childcare and adjusting to school. remote, Cappelucci said.

She added that, from a specialty perspective, “nearly 70% of oncology respondents were burnt out. Next come family medicine at 59% and intensive care medicine at 57%.

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“Overall, in our benchmark, 46% of respondents rate their time on the EHR outside of normal working hours as excessive and moderately high,” Cappelucci said. “This is highest among our responding physicians, unsurprisingly at 51%. Also, in oncology at 64% and in family medicine at 61%.

Additionally, “30% of our respondents noted that they spent more than six hours per week — almost a full workday per week — on the EHR outside of normal working hours,” she said. “On average, respondents spend 4.3 hours outside of normal working hours, 1% more than the previous benchmark.”

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Previous research shows that “people who feel valued by their organization are almost 60% less likely to experience burnout, self-reported anxiety or depression, and less likely to leave,” Cappelucci said, noting that “just under 50% of people feel valued by their organization.”

“Often this can serve as a mic drop moment for organizations doing investigative work to see that so many people may not feel valued by the organization,” she said. It’s “a great opportunity for organizations to find simple strategies to help people feel valued.”

Unless such action is taken, some physicians will move on, with 37% of respondents saying they intended to leave their organization in the next two years, up 3% from to the previous reference point.

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The AMA offers free assessment services to health systems nationwide interested in assessing organizational well-being. Learn more about the Practice Transformation Journey (PDF) or by email [email protected].

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