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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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 Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Being a public health and preventive medicine (PH/PM) physician appears to bring challenges. PH/PM physicians were among the least likely physicians Medscape surveyed to report that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work; only 41% described themselves as such. Other physicians with low happiness scores included cardiologists and oncologists.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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, PH/PM physicians were among those respondents who were more likely to do so (31%). Ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pathologists were the happiest physicians at work this year.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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 40%, PH/PM physicians fell in the lower half among them. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, family physicians, and internists.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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 PH/PM physicians reported burnout (49%) than did their male peers (25%).

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

PH/PM physicians, 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 also among the most likely to respond affirmatively, along with plastic surgeons and pediatricians.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

PH/PM physicians were asked to grade their own introversion or extroversion on a scale of 1 (very introverted) to 7 (very extroverted). More than double the percentage identified as introverted (20% responded 1 or 2) versus extroverted (9% responded 6 or 7).

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

PH/PM physicians were asked whether their workplace had a program to reduce stress and burnout, and if so, whether they had used it. Only 29% reported that they had.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most PH/PM physicians reported that they are married (63%), and 4% said they live with a partner. Among this specialist group, 19% are single, 9% are divorced and not remarried, and 1% are widowed.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More PH/PM physicians reported that they are married to a person who works outside of the healthcare field (53%) than within it (47%). Of the 47%, 13% are married to another physician and 34% are married to a non-physician working in healthcare.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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 PH/PM physicians responded that they do and 23% said they do not. Five percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Just over half (51%) of PH/PM physicians said they have three or fewer close friends, while just over one third (35%) 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 Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Half of PH/PM physicians surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, while 11% take even more. Well over a third (39%), however, take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Fifty-six percent of PH/PM physicians said they want to lose weight, and 24% want to maintain their current weight. Only 17% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, while 3% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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. Thirty-eight percent of PH/PM physicians said they exercise two to three times a week, while 40% do so even more often. In contrast, just 14% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and 9% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More than half (53%) of PH/PM physicians reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all, while 21% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians 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. Among PH/PM physicians, the most popular makes were Toyota (33%), Honda (18%), Subaru (11%), and Ford (10%).

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