Doctor Fatigue

Physician Burnout: The growing problem of doctor fatigue

June 12, 2018 - 12:58 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Our medical system is facing a crisis: physician burnout. 

According to several new studies, the burnout rate may be higher than it has been since this data has been recorded. 

According to research by an organization called Press Ganey, there are traditional factors: providing care to the ill; witnessing suffering and the daily pressure of making clinical judgments that affect patients' lives. 

All of these can produce stress, but there are additional ones. 

The biggest issue is a new stress: working with the electronic health record. 

There are other concerns as well, including low staffing levels, as a growing number physicians have become employees of businesses pressure for increased productivity.

Diminished autonomy and a growing trend toward diminished prestige, and recognition from patients.