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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Being a physician comes with the constant struggle to balance work and personal life, and ob/gyns are no different. This Medscape report explores how these doctors deal with burnout and other wellness issues, as well as their life outside of the office.

(Note: Some totals in this presentation do not equal 100% due to rounding.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

A career as an ob/gyn can be challenging. Compared with their colleagues, ob/gyns' happiness is toward the middle of the pack. About a quarter responded that they were very or extremely happy at work.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Perhaps not surprising, in general, physicians in all specialties, including ob/gyns, are happier outside of the office. About half of ob/gyns said they are either very or extremely happy when away from work.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The percentage of ob/gyns who are burned out is somewhat higher than that of burned-out physicians overall (41%).

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The growing number of bureaucratic tasks is the leading factor for ob/gyn burnout. Other factors include more time devoted to the EHR and too little compensation or reimbursement. (Respondents could choose more than one answer.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Half of ob/gyns turn to isolating themselves to deal with their burnout, while a similar percentage exercise, illustrating the variety in coping mechanisms among physicians. (Respondents could choose more than one answer.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Of those ob/gyns who said they are depressed, nearly half said it has an impact on patient interactions. (Respondents could choose more than one answer.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The large majority of ob/gyns who reported being depressed said they have not felt suicidal. However, 15% of ob/gyns said they had had suicidal thoughts, while 1% said they had attempted suicide.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Nearly two thirds of depressed and/or burned-out ob/gyns plan to deal with their emotions themselves. About one fifth are seeking help now or plan to do so.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

While wellness programs in healthcare organizations and hospitals are becoming more common, ob/gyns are divided on whether they would access such services.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The two main factors keeping ob/gyns from seeking help for their burnout and depression are not considering their symptoms severe enough and being too busy. (Respondents could choose more than one answer.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The vast majority of ob/gyns, regardless of gender, are married. Overall, 8% of physicians are single, similar to the percentage of ob/gyns (7%).

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Overall, 85% of physicians characterize their marriages as good or very good, about the same as ob/gyns.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Forty-eight percent of ob/gyns take 3-4 weeks of vacation per year, which aligns closely with all physicians (44%). Only 4% of ob/gyns spend more than 6 weeks away from the office.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Toyota and Honda are the most popular makes among ob/gyns, as they are among all physicians. (Respondents could choose more than one answer.)

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Seventy percent of ob/gyns spend 1-10 hours per week on the Internet for personal use. According to a recent study by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, weekly Internet use at home rose from 12.3 hours in 2010 to 17.6 hours in 2016.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

The large majority of ob/gyns said they spend 10 hours or less on the Internet for their work. Similarly, 75% of all physicians spend that amount of time online for their jobs.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Nearly 4 in 10 ob/gyns say they regularly have the time to focus on their health and wellness goals. However, for the majority, it is a struggle to balance that with the workload and commitment they carry as physicians.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Close to one third of ob/gyns say they manage to exercise at least four times a week. In 2018, the CDC found that only 23% of US adults are reaching their guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Forty-six percent of ob/gyns reported having fewer than one alcoholic beverage per week. The percentage of ob/gyns who said they have more than six drinks per week is similar to the percentage for physicians overall (7%).

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

Fifty-seven percent of ob/gyns reported feeling very or somewhat anxious about the US political climate as we approach the next presidential election. Physicians overall were also fairly divided in their concern over events coming out of Washington, DC.

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

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Medscape Obstetrician & Gynecologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | February 12, 2020 | Contributor Information

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