Canadian Medical Association

Physician burnout is one of the most significant challenges facing the health care system. It threatens the well-being of clinicians, residents and medical students, which can affect the quality of care given to patients. Healthy physicians mean healthy patients. 

There is no single cause of burnout. It usually occurs due to a combination of individual and organizational factors.

What is burnout? 

The Maslach Burnout Inventory Manual says “burnout is a psychological syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment.”

The resources gathered here explore how physicians can guard against burnout. They also include advice for health care administrators on how to reduce burnout in their workplaces.

Fast facts

According to our 2017 National Physician Health Survey:

  • More than 1 in 4 physicians and residents report high levels of burnout. 
  • Physicians with five or fewer years in practice are more likely to experience burnout and have low resilience than other physicians. 
  • Women in medicine are 23% more likely to experience burnout than men.
  • Eating unhealthy foods and binging alcohol are associated with a 1.5 times higher likelihood of burning out. 

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