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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Burnout continues to be a pervasive issue among physicians. This part of Medscape's annual Physician Lifestyle Report focuses on their responses to our survey questions about burnout and depression. How prevalent are these factors, and how do they affect physicians' lives? More than 15,000 physicians from 29 specialties responded.

Some totals in this presentation do not equal 100% due to rounding.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Endocrinologists fell about in the middle among physicians Medscape surveyed who reported that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work; 51% of endocrinologists described themselves as such. The physicians with the highest happiness scores this year included allergists, dermatologists, emergency medicine physicians, and ophthalmologists.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

While fairly small percentages of all physician groups described themselves as "very" or "extremely" happy at work, endocrinologists (23%) were among the least likely to do so. Cardiologists, internists, intensivists, and family physicians were also among the least happy physicians at work this year.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Forty-six percent of all physicians surveyed said they are either burned out, depressed, or both. At 39%, endocrinologists fell near the bottom among them. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, family physicians, and internists.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

In this year's report, as in prior years', a higher percentage of female endocrinologists reported burnout (40%) than did their male peers (31%).

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Survey participants could choose multiple responses to the question of how they personally cope with burnout. Nearly half (49%) of endocrinologist respondents said they talk to family or close friends, while somewhat lower percentages exercise (45%) or isolate themselves from others (43%). Although 14% turn to alcohol, very few said they use prescription drugs (5%) or nicotine (2%), and none reported using marijuana.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Endocrinologists who reported burnout could select more than one contributing factor. Close to two thirds (63%) pointed to an excess of bureaucratic tasks, 40% selected too many hours at work, and 31% cited increasing computerization.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Endocrinologists, at 21%, were among the least likely of all respondents to report that they would seek professional help for burnout, depression, or both. Not surprisingly, psychiatrists were among those most likely to respond affirmatively, along with plastic surgeons, public health and preventive medicine physicians, and pediatricians.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Endocrinologists were asked to grade their own introversion or extroversion on a scale of 1 (very introverted) to 7 (very extroverted). Equal percentages identified as introverted (14% responded 1 or 2) and extroverted (14% responded 6 or 7).

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Thirty percent of endocrinologists who acknowledged having depression reported that they are less engaged or more easily exasperated with staff and peers as a result. One quarter responded that their depression has no effect on these relationships.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Among endocrinologists who reported depression, 42% believe that their depression has no effect on patient care. However, just under one third acknowledged that because of their depression, they are less careful with patient notes and filling out the EHR (31%) or are more easily exasperated by patients (30%). Ten percent admitted that their depression leads to errors they wouldn't otherwise make, but no one said they make errors that could harm patients.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Endocrinologists were asked whether their workplace had a program to reduce stress and burnout, and if so, whether they had used it. A scant 10% reported that they had.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most endocrinologists reported that they are married (77%), and 5% said they live with a partner. Among this specialist group, 12% are single, 6% are divorced and not remarried, and 1% are widowed.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More endocrinologists reported that they are married to a person who works outside of the healthcare field (54%) than within it (45%). Of that 45%, 23% are married to another physician and 22% are married to a non-physician working in the field.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

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When asked whether they have spiritual or religious beliefs, 70% of endocrinologists responded that they do and 24% said they do not. Six percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Almost half (46%) of endocrinologists said they have three or fewer close friends, while over one third (38%) said they have four to six. A gregarious 16% reported that they have seven or more close friends in their circle.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Over half (54%) of endocrinologists surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, while 11% take even more. More than a third (35%), however, take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Forty-two percent of endocrinologists said they want to lose weight, and nearly as many (38%) want to maintain their current weight. Only 18% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, while 3% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion[1] recommends 2.5 hours of moderate exercise or an hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Over one third (37%) of endocrinologists said they exercise two to three times a week, while 31% do so even more often. In contrast, 20% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and just 12% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Sixty percent of endocrinologists reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all. Only 11% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Endocrinologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

This year, physicians were asked what kind of car they drive; they could name as many as applied. The most popular makes among endocrinologists were Toyota (24%), Honda (19%), Lexus (10%), and Acura and Mercedes-Benz (9% each).

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