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August 6, 2019
New report details the state of the US physicians under pressure, rebutting a report of declines among PCPs; only 25% say their facilities are effective in combating burnout
WATERTOWN, MA August 6, 2019—Sixty-eight percent of US-based physicians surveyed reported experiencing burnout at some level, according to a new study by InCrowd, life science market pioneer and innovator of real-time market insights. The survey of US-based primary care (PCPs) physicians and specialists, performed in early June 2019, documents an aggregate burnout level across multiple specialties that is higher than the 43-54% range found in MedScape’s 2019 national report yet lower than the 80% of The Physicians Foundation/Merritt Hawkins biennial survey of September 2018. With PCPs, however, InCrowd found nearly 80% burnout levels—dramatically higher than the 43.9% cited in an American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) study of March 2019, which itself reflected a decline from 54.4% in 2014. Only 25% of InCrowd respondents felt their facilities were effectively addressing burnout.
InCrowd has been following the trend of physician burnout over the years and this year’s InCrowd survey details the seemingly intractable issues across different practice settings and demographic groups. Key findings from the research include:
“The alarming persistence of physician burnout over the years and across multiple studies unfortunately demonstrates that we have not yet turned the tide on this problematic issue,” said Diane Hayes, PhD., co-founder and president of InCrowd. “Since we last looked at this in 2016, there really haven’t been any notable improvements. The healthcare industry would benefit from refining and expanding current initiatives to assure adequate staffing levels needed to deliver the quality care patients deserve.”
This physician survey used InCrowd a five-minute, four-question InCrowd MicroSurvey to gather perceptions from 612 US-based physicians—320 PCPs and 319 specialists, with 657 total US-based physicians screened for the report and 639 that screened in for topic-related questions. Fifty-six percent of respondents were women and 43% men, with the average age of 43 and an average of 12 years in practice. InCrowd’s data was captured on June 6-7, 2019.
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