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The science of physician burnout

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The Mayo Clinic has developed a science of physician burnout.

One of Mayo’s (perhaps surprising to some) findings  is that younger and older physicians suffer less burnout  than mid-career ones. The young ones have not become tied to older, fee-for-service forms of practice and many older ones have started to cut back hours and have the pleasant prospect of retirement coming soon.

The middle ones, however, must deal with the stress of changing to fee-for-value systems and dealing with workplaces that have become more regulated, bureaucratic and bottom-line focused, with an expanded menu of metrics to measure their performance.

It’s  clear that increasing administrative, financial and other pressures are  probably putting more pressure on doctors of all ages than ever before. They need all the help they can get to deal with it.

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