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

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Urologists were among the most likely physicians Medscape surveyed to report that they are "very" or "extremely" happy outside of work; 56% of urologists described themselves as such. Other physicians with high happiness scores included allergists, dermatologists, emergency medicine physicians, and ophthalmologists.

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Medscape Urologist 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, urologists (26%) fell about in the middle among those most likely to do so. Ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pathologists were among the happiest physicians at work this year.

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Medscape Urologist 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, and 46% of urologists are as well. The highest rates were reported by neurologists, intensivists, ob/gyns, family physicians, and internists.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

In this year's report, a similar percentage of male and female urologists reported burnout (44% and 45%, respectively).

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Medscape Urologist 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. Well over half (58%) of urologist respondents said they exercise, while 44% talk to family or close friends. Although 21% turn to alcohol, very few (1% or less) said they use nicotine, prescription drugs, or marijuana.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Urologists who reported burnout could select more than one contributing factor. Nearly two thirds (63%) pointed to an excess of bureaucratic tasks, and over one third selected increasing computerization (42%) or too many hours at work (35%).

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Urologists, at 18%, 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 physicians, and pediatricians.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Urologists were asked to grade their own introversion or extroversion on a scale of 1 (very introverted) to 7 (very extroverted). A higher percentage identified as extroverted (18% responded 6 or 7) versus introverted (11% responded 1 or 2).

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Urologists who acknowledged having depression most often reported that as a result, they express their frustration in front of (47%) or are more easily exasperated by (40%) staff and peers. Twenty-eight percent responded that their depression has no effect on these relationships.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Among urologists who reported depression, 46% believe that their depression has no effect on patient care. However, more than one third acknowledged that because of their depression, they are either more easily exasperated by (39%) or less engaged with (36%) patients. Nine percent admitted that their depression leads to errors they wouldn't otherwise make, and 3% said they make errors that could harm patients.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

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

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Most urologists reported that they are married (84%), and 5% said they live with a partner. Among this specialist group, 6% are single, 4% are divorced and not remarried, and 1% are widowed.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

More urologists reported that they are married to a person in the healthcare field (55%) than to someone who works outside of it (45%). Of that 55%, 20% are married to another physician and 35% are married to a non-physician working in healthcare.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

When asked whether they have spiritual or religious beliefs, 69% of urologists responded that they do and 27% said they do not. Four percent preferred not to answer this question.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Almost half (45%) of urologists said they have three or fewer close friends, while just under one third (32%) said they have four to six. A gregarious 23% reported that they have seven or more close friends in their circle.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Well over half (58%) of urologists surveyed take 3 to 4 weeks of vacation each year, while 13% take even more. Twenty-nine percent, however, take 2 weeks or less.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Thirty-six percent of urologists said they want to lose weight, while 42% want to maintain their current weight. Only 21% reported that they are not trying to control their weight, and 1% would like to gain weight.

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Medscape Urologist 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. One third of urologists said they exercise two to three times a week, while 36% do so even more often. In contrast, 23% reported that they exercise once a week or less, and just 7% said they don't exercise at all.

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

Sarah Grisham | January 24, 2018 | Contributor Information

Thirty percent of urologists reported that they have less than one drink per week or do not drink at all, while 24% said they have five or more drinks each week.

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Medscape Urologist 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 urologists were Toyota (17%), Honda (16%), BMW (15%), and Audi (11%).

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

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Medscape Urologist Lifestyle Report 2018: Personal Happiness vs Work Burnout

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