Survey Reveals How Today's Doctors Prevent Physician Burnout


3/28/2008 12:00:00 AM


Survey Reveals How Today's Doctors Prevent Physician Burnout Says Few Physicians Report Having 'No Free Time'

Alpharetta, Ga., March 28, 2008 What does your doctor do to avoid physician burnout? She probably isn't a couch potato, if recent physician survey results from recruiting firm are an indication.

After working sometimes long hours and trying to see more patients in less time, many doctors today report releasing stress through a long list of more leisurely pursuits. Participating in sports, traveling and enjoying the outdoors top the list of ways physician survey respondents use their free time to prevent physician burnout.

In addition, a number of doctors mentioned volunteer or humanitarian commitments among their off-time activities that counteract physician burnout. For example:

"I like to hunt and fish," a Texas surgeon said. "I go on a medical mission trip to Guatemala once a year."

"Cycling," a female radiologist from Kansas City, Mo., said. "I am going to do a 5,400 mile trip to raise money for poverty."

"Once a year I take a busman's holiday as a team member of medical mission, when I have the greatest satisfaction in seeing the happy grateful smiles of the patients and parents at the end of the trip and get to see a new country and interact with the local people," said an Connecticut anesthesiologist.

"A decade or so ago a much higher percentage of physicians would have reported having little to no free time," Senior Vice President Pamela McKemie said. She noted that only about one percent of physician survey respondents gave that answer. "More than previous generations, today's doctor wants a balanced lifestyle-free from physician burnout."

Conducted in the last month, the physician survey garnered roughly 1,200 responses from doctors, the majority of whom do not provide locum tenens services currently (60 percent). Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo