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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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 Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Ophthalmologists were among the most likely physicians Medscape surveyed to report that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work, with 58% describing themselves as such. Other specialists with high happiness scores included allergists, dermatologists, and emergency medicine physicians.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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, ophthalmologists (37%) were among the most likely to do so. Plastic surgeons, pathologists, and dermatologists were also among the happiest physicians at work this year.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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 37%, ophthalmologists were among those least likely to report this. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, and family physicians.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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 ophthalmologists reported burnout (43%) than did their male peers (27%).

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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. Slightly more than half (51%) of ophthalmologist respondents said they exercise, while just under half (48%) talk to family or close friends, and 36% sleep. Although just over a quarter (26%) turn to alcohol, very few (3% or less) said they use prescription drugs, marijuana, or nicotine.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Ophthalmologists who reported burnout could select more than one contributing factor. Well over half (59%) pointed to an excess of bureaucratic tasks, and one third or more selected increasing computerization (35%) or government regulations (33%).

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Ophthalmologists, at 23%, fell close to the middle among physicians who reported 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 Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

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

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Close to half (46%) of ophthalmologists who acknowledged having depression reported that they express their frustration around staff and peers as a result. Thirty-eight percent said they are more easily exasperated, and one third are either less engaged or less friendly with staff and colleagues. Slightly over one quarter (27%) responded that their depression has no effect on these relationships.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Among ophthalmologists who reported depression, 32% believe that their depression has no effect on patient care. However, nearly half (45%) acknowledged that because of their depression, they are more easily exasperated by patients, while 38% feel less friendly with patients. Twelve percent said that their depression leads to errors they wouldn't otherwise make, while none admitted that they make errors that could harm patients.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Ophthalmologists were asked whether their workplace had a program to reduce stress and burnout, and if so, whether they had used it. Only 23% reported that they had.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most ophthalmologists reported that they are married (82%), and 3% said they live with a partner. Among this specialist group, 10% are single, 5% are divorced and not remarried, and less than 1% are widowed (shown on slide as 0% due to rounding).

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More ophthalmologists reported that they are married to a person who works outside of the healthcare field (57%) than to someone within it (43%). Of that 43%, 18% are married to another physician and 25% are married to a non-physician working in healthcare.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

When asked whether they have spiritual or religious beliefs, 68% of ophthalmologists responded that they do and 24% said they do not. Eight percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Almost half (47%) of ophthalmologists said they have three or fewer close friends, while 36% said they have four to six. A gregarious 17% reported that they have seven or more close friends in their circle.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Half of ophthalmologists surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, while 20% take even more. Twenty-nine percent, however, take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Forty-one percent of ophthalmologists said they want to lose weight, and about as many (39%) want to maintain their current weight. Only 19% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, while 1% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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. More than one third (35%) of ophthalmologists said they exercise two to three times a week, while 37% do so even more often. In contrast, 19% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and just 9% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Forty-three percent of ophthalmologists reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all, while 20% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Ophthalmologist 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 21%, was the most popular make among ophthalmologists. Honda (17%), BMW (13%), and Lexus (10%) were also popular.

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