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

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Pediatricians were in the upper half of physicians Medscape surveyed to report that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work; 52% of pediatricians described themselves as such. Groups with the highest happiness scores this year included allergists, dermatologists, emergency medicine physicians, and ophthalmologists.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Fairly small percentages of all groups described themselves as "very" or "extremely" happy at work, and pediatricians (26%) were slightly below the middle among them. Ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pathologists were the happiest physicians at work this year.

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Medscape Pediatrician 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 44%, pediatricians fell somewhat below the middle among all groups. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, and family physicians.

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Medscape Pediatrician 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 pediatricians reported burnout (43%) than did their male peers (37%).

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Medscape Pediatrician 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. More than half of pediatrician respondents said they talk to family or close friends (54%) or exercise (51%), while 43% resort to sleep. Although 17% turn to alcohol, very few (2% or less) said they use prescription drugs, nicotine, or marijuana.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Pediatricians who reported burnout could select more than one contributing factor. More than half (54%) pointed to an excess of bureaucratic tasks, and over one third selected too many hours at work (37%).

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Pediatricians, at 33%, were among the most likely of all respondents to report that they would seek professional help for burnout, depression, or both. Not surprisingly, psychiatrists were most likely to respond affirmatively, along with plastic surgeons, public health physicians, and pediatricians.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Pediatricians were asked to grade their own introversion or extroversion on a scale of 1 (very introverted) to 7 (very extroverted). A slightly higher percentage identified as introverted (16% responded 1 or 2) than extroverted (13% responded 6 or 7).

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

The highest percentages of pediatricians who acknowledged having depression reported that they are more easily exasperated by (49%), less engaged with (48%), or less friendly with (43%) staff and peers as a result. Just 19% responded that their depression has no effect on these relationships.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Among pediatricians who reported depression, 44% believe that their depression has no effect on patient care. However, about one third acknowledged that because of their depression, they are more easily exasperated by (33%) or less engaged with (31%) patients. Fifteen percent admitted that their depression leads to errors they wouldn't otherwise make, and 4% said they make errors that could harm patients.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Pediatricians were asked whether their workplace had a program to reduce stress and burnout, and if so, whether they had used it. Less than one third (29%) reported that they had.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most pediatricians reported that they are married (75%), and 4% said they live with a partner. Among this physician group, 13% are single, 6% are divorced and not remarried, and 1% are widowed.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More pediatricians reported that they are married to a person who works outside of the healthcare field (58%) versus within it (42%). Of that 42%, 22% are married to another physician and 20% are married to a non-physician working in healthcare.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

When asked whether they have spiritual or religious beliefs, 72% of pediatricians responded that they do and 22% said they do not. Five percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Almost half (48%) of pediatricians said they have three or fewer close friends, and 37% said they have four to six. A gregarious 15% reported that they have seven or more close friends in their circle.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Over half (53%) of pediatricians surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, while 14% take even more. One third, however, take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More than half (51%) of pediatricians said they want to lose weight, and 31% want to maintain their current weight. Only 17% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, while 1% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Pediatrician 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 (36%) of pediatricians said they exercise two to three times a week, while 31% do so even more often. In contrast, 23% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and 10% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More than half (55%) of pediatricians reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all. Only 12% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Pediatrician 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 22%, was the most popular make among pediatricians. Honda (19%), Subaru (9%), and Lexus and BMW (7% each) were also popular.

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Medscape Pediatrician Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

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