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Recognizing the Signs of Physician Burnout

September 4, 2019

Nearly half of U.S. physicians—44%—report feeling burned out, with 59% citing too many bureaucratic tasks as the chief contributor.¹ This is a serious concern, because physician burnout can lead to patients suffering adverse events² or leave physicians unable to express empathy and compassion with their patients.³

Physicians May Be Prone to Burnout: Recognize the Warning Signs

In this special report, NORCAL Group Risk Management Specialists help you identify the signs of physician burnout so you can address it before it harms your practice.


  • 44% of physicians report feeling burned out.1


  • Learn the definition of burnout.

Best Practices

  • Recognize the warning signs of physician burnout.


1. Leslie Kane. “Medscape National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019.” Medscape. 1/16/2019. (accessed 8/29/2019) (login required)

2. Kenneth W. Lin. “Does Combatting Physician Burnout Improve Patient Care as Well?Medscape. 11/18/2016 (accessed 8/29/2019)

3. Michelle C. Nguyen, Susan Moffatt-Bruce. “Improving Patient Safety and Satisfaction by Decreasing Physician Burnout.” Association of American Medical Colleges, 2016 Clinical Care Innovation Pilot Award Proposal, 1/29/2016. (accessed 8/29/2019)

4. Anderson Spickard, Jr, et al. “Mid-Career Burnout in Generalist and Specialist Physicians.” JAMA 2002; 288: 1447–1450. (accessed 8/29/2019)

5. Geoffrey J Riley. “Understanding the Stresses and Strains of Being a Doctor.” Medical Journal of Australia 2004; 181: 350–353. (accessed 8/29/2019)

6. Maurice De Valk, Lotte Oostrom. “Burnout in the Medical Profession: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” Occupational Health at Work 2007; 3(6): 1–5. (accessed 8/29/2019)

7. “Nearly Half of Physicians Struggle with Burnout.American Medical News. 2012. (accessed 8/29/2019).

8. Michael P. Leiter, Christina Maslach. “Maslach Burnout Inventory Human Services Survey Individual Report. Sample Participant Report.Mind Garden. 2017. (accessed 8/29/2019)

9. Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, et al. “Changing the Conversation From Burnout to Well-Being in Residency Training Programs.Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2009;1(2):225–230. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-09-00026.1. (accessed 8/29/2019)

10. Richard Jones, et al. “Spotting the Signs of Stress.” Medeconomics. 3/12/2012. (accessed 8/29/2019) (login required)

11. Berry E. “Achieving Work-Life Balance: More than Just a Juggling Act.” American Medical News. 1/4/2010. (accessed 8/29/2019)

12. Anish Majumdar. “Keeping Burnout at Bay: Mastering Stress and Preventing Burnout in the Job Search and Beyond.Practice Link. 2011. (accessed 8/29/2019)

Filed under: Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Burnout, Physician Wellness



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