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Physician Burnout Threatens the Medical Profession

Studies consistently show that more than half of American physicians are suffering symptoms of burnout.  Consider that astonishing statistic.  What if half the country or half of your own profession were suffering from a disease?  Wouldn’t you expect- or demand - that every available resource be devoted to crush it and rescue the afflicted? Is the medical profession and society at large attacking the physician burnout plague?   Not as I see it.   Indeed, the statistics are all trending in the wrong direction. Physicians and their families, their employers, other medical professionals, the government, and the public are all aware of this epidemic.   I often read expressions of deep concern for doctors’ plight, but the concern is not a treatment. We know the various forces and pressures that are pushing doctors toward the precipice.   There’s no mystery here.   Yet, why won’t anyone pull these doctors back from the edge? What are we waiting for?   A burnout pandemic? We have to put thi
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