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Physician Burnout by the Numbers: EHR a Chief Contributor [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 8, 2019

Physician burnout is associated with two-fold increased odds for unsafe care, unprofessional behaviors, and low patient satisfaction1 and that electronic health records (EHR) are a leading factor in physician burnout2.

The Challenges:

  • 77.8% of physicians have feelings of professional burnout3
  • Burnout is nearly twice as prevalent among physicians vs. other U.S. workers4
  • 65.7% of physicians indicate that EHR negatively affects patient relationships3
  • $500,000 to more than $1M potential cost to replace a physician who leaves due to burnout5

INFOGRAPHIC: EHR a Chief Contributor to Physician Burnout

Learn how to reduce EHR burdens and more practical strategies for managing stress and preventing physician burnout at the NORCAL Group Professional Wellness site.


1. Maria Panagioti, PhD, et al. “Association Between Physician Burnout and Patient Safety, Professionalism, and Patient Satisfaction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(10):1317–1330. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.3713 (accessed 1/7/2019)

2. Tait D. Shanafelt, M.D., et al. “Relationship Between Clerical Burden and Characteristics of the Electronic Environment with Physician Burnout and Professional Satisfaction.” Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2016;91(7):836-848. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.05.007 (accessed 1/7/2019)

3. The Physicians Foundation. 2018 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns & Perspectives. 9/18/2018. (accessed 1/7/2019)

4. Lotte N. Dyrbye, et al. “Burnout Among Health Care Professionals: A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care.” NAM Perspectives. 2017. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201707b (accessed 1/7/2019)

5. Christine Sinsky, MD, FACP, et al. “Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in Medicine.” AMA, STEPS Forward. (accessed 1/7/2019)

Filed under: Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Burnout, Infographic, Electronic Health Records (EHR) Burdens, Professional Wellness



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