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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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 Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Being an infectious disease (ID) physician appears to bring challenges. ID physicians were among the least likely physicians Medscape surveyed to report that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work; 44% of ID physicians described themselves as such. Other specialists with low happiness scores included cardiologists, public health physicians, and oncologists.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

While fairly small percentages of all specialist groups described themselves as "very" or "extremely" happy at work, ID physicians (23%) were among the least likely to do so. Cardiologists, internists, intensivists, and family physicians also scored low in this area. Ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, and dermatologists were some of the happiest physicians this year.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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 46%, ID physicians fell somewhat above the middle among all specialists. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, and family physicians.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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 ID physicians reported burnout (43%) than did their male peers (39%).

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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. Over half of ID physician respondents said they exercise (54%) or talk to family or close friends (53%). Although 24% turn to alcohol, very few (5% or less) said they use nicotine, prescription drugs, or marijuana.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

ID physicians who reported burnout could select more than one contributing factor. More than half (54%) pointed to an excess of bureaucratic tasks, and well over one third (38%) selected too many hours at work. Just under a third cited insufficient compensation (32%) or lack of respect from administrators, employers, colleagues, or staff (31%).

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

ID physicians, at 28%, were among the most likely specialists 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 physicians, and pediatricians.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

ID physicians were asked to grade their own introversion or extroversion on a scale of 1 (very introverted) to 7 (very extroverted). A somewhat higher percentage identified as introverted (15% responded 1 or 2) than extroverted (11% responded 6 or 7).

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

ID physicians were asked whether their workplace had a program to reduce stress and burnout, and if so, whether they had used it. Only 14% reported that they had.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most ID physicians reported that they are married (74%), and 5% said they live with a partner. Among this specialist group, 13% are single, 5% are divorced and not remarried, and 2% are widowed.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Slightly more ID physicians reported that they are married to a person in the healthcare field (51%) than to someone outside of the field (49%). Of the 51%, 21% are married to another physician and 30% are married to a non-physician working in healthcare.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

When asked whether they have spiritual or religious beliefs, 65% of ID physicians responded that they do and 27% said they do not. Seven percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Forty-three percent of ID physicians said they have three or fewer close friends, while 38% said they have four to six. A gregarious 18% reported that they have seven or more close friends in their circle.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Well over half (59%) of ID physicians surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, and 6% take even more. In contrast, more than a third (35%) take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Nearly half (47%) of ID physicians said they want to lose weight, and 35% want to maintain their current weight. Only 16% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, while 2% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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. Just under one third (32%) of ID physicians said they exercise two to three times a week, while nearly as many (31%) do so even more often. In contrast, 28% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and 10% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

About half (51%) of ID physicians reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all. Only 17% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician 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. Toyota, at 18%, was the most popular make among ID physicians. Almost one fifth (17%) of ID physicians named Honda, while 9% each named BMW and Subaru, and 8% each named Lexus and Ford.

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