Physician burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion experienced by medical professionals as a result of prolonged exposure to work-related stress. It can result from a combination of factors such as long working hours, high workload, bureaucratic tasks, and a lack of control over one’s work environment. Symptoms of burnout may include feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, increased irritability and cynicism, decreased motivation and job satisfaction, and decreased empathy towards patients. Physician burnout can negatively impact patient care, lead to increased medical errors, and increase the likelihood of early retirement or career change. Addressing burnout requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses both individual and systemic factors and may involve interventions such as stress management techniques, changes to the workplace environment, and support from colleagues and organizational leaders.
Additionally, the right technology solutions can help solve the physician burnout crisis by reducing administrative overhead and helping physicians focus on patient care.