Physician burnout: Why legal and regulatory systems may need to step in

Prof Sharona Hoffman

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Prof Sharona Hoffman

Professor of Health Law and Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

Prof Sharona Hoffman

career as a physician has traditionally been considered to be among the best vocations that talented students can pursue. That may no longer be the case. All too many doctors report that they are unhappy, frustrated and even prepared to leave the profession. That should worry all of us. The physician burnout crisis is likely to affect our quality of care and our access to health care providers.

According to a recent study, 44% of U.S. doctors suffered at least one symptom of burnout, and some studies have identified even higher burnout rates. By contrast, researchers have found only a 28% burnout rate in the general working population.

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