Of 7,288 physicians who responded to the survey, 37.9% had symptoms of burnout and 40.2% were dissatisfied with their work-life balance. Among 3,442 working U.S. adults, 27.8% responded they were burned out and 23.2% dissatisfied with their work-life balance.
Colin West, MD, an internist at the of the Mayo Clinic Division of Health Sciences Research and an author of the report, said that his fellow researchers don't know why emergency doctors, primary care physicians, and neurologists seem to be faring worse, or why doctors seem more stressed out than the general population.
But they have some theories.
"These are the specialists that are on the front lines of care, the first contact for all comers," West says. "They're not able to focus or define their medical practice specifically or narrowly...It's difficult for them to be prepared for what comes next."