Physician Burnout – Gender Differences in Burnout Symptoms.
Numerous studies have shown that an average of 1 in 3 practicing physicians are suffering from symptomatic physician burnout on any given office day … worldwide, regardless of specialty.
The three classic signs and symptoms of physician burnout are measured by a standardized evaluation; the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). They are:
1) Emotional Exhaustion
The doctor is tapped out after the office day, hospital rounds or being on call and is unable to recover with time off. Over time their energy level begins to follow a downward spiral.
This shows up as cynicism or a negative, callous, excessively detached response to their job duties. Often burned out doctors will begin to blame and complain about their patients and their problems.
3) “Reduced Accomplishment”
Here physician burnout has the doctor start to question whether they are offering quality care and whether what they do really matters at all.
As more female doctors move into the workforce, researchers are beginning to notice differences in the way physician burnout presents in men and women.
If you think for a moment about the three scales of the MBI, you will probably be able to imagine the differences. Here is what groundbreaking physician burnout research published in 2011 is showing.