Study: Nearly half of US physicians show signs of burnout

March 04, 2019 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The statistics are dramatic, and they should be concerning for physicians and patients alike. 

Based on data from the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine, the American Medical Association found that 43.9 percent of U.S. physicians exhibited at least one symptom of burnout in 2017. 

According to the AMA, which has been following the statistics since 2012, the only way that we are going to achieve success for physicians and the patients they care for is to remove barriers that prevent them from providing patients with high-quality care. 

The No. 1 complaint: Physicians feel continuous pressure to increase the number of patients they see.