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More Doctors Feeling Strain Of The Job

Almost half of practicing physicians reported symptoms of burnout . (Winfried Rothermel/AP)

Almost half of practicing physicians reported symptoms of burnout . (Winfried Rothermel/AP)

Burn-out among doctors is increasingly common. A recent study found almost half of practicing physicians reported symptoms of burnout such as emotional exhaustion, detachment, or a low sense of accomplishment.

Dr. Diane Shannon knows first hand about this. She was working in outpatient clinics around Boston, but found herself feeling increasingly stressed and overwhelmed. So 17 years ago she quit. And she wrote about her experience on WBUR’s Commnhealth blog.

Guest

Diane Shannon, M.D., MPH, freelance writer who focuses on performance improvement in health care.


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  • Wahoo_wa

    Many professions that deal with health and safety issues are getting burnt out. I wonder why a doctor was chosen. A more compelling interview would be with a professional who is more modestly compensated but is still dedicated to his/her profession.

  • Cindy C Barnard

    After my last doctor’s visit, as “pleasant and professional” as the staff was, I described the experience as the “industrialization” of healthcare. I felt they were willing to spend time with me if it was really necessary, but if they didn’t get to the next patient soon, the whole day would fall apart. I have been made to feel, I believe, that I should just be grateful to get state-of-the-art “care” and it isn’t time for talking.

    Considering these issues in healthcare today, I wonder why they ask sensitive, emotional issues on forms – increasingly online forms. If one were experiencing emotional issues, would a form be the way they would feel comfortable initiating a discussion. Would the doctor have time for such a discussion anyway; how would it be handled. I believe the doctor’s office would be the last place any such issue would be detected or discussed.

    Thanks for the interview.

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