Are you at risk of burn out? There is a common assumption that a doctor would have the highest degree health due to their occupation and standing in the community however this is not always the case. We believe this is less of an issue in Australia however it still can happen. We explore some of the reasons for burn out.
According to a BMJ Study, Doctors are more prone to mental health conditions more than any other profession. Burnout is described as a deadening of emotion and feeling detached from patients and colleagues
Doctor burnout is increasingly common all around the world:
United Kingdom: Thousands of GPs in the NHS have sought professional help and only one in five graduates are choosing to become a GP. A BMJ study in 2011 found that a third of doctors have a mental health disorder.
America: A survey of 15,000 medical practitioners found that 42% felt burnout whilst 12% were suffering depression. The second highest level of burnout was seen among GPs. New York University is now actually offering free tuition to those wanting to train in lower paying specialties to increase numbers
New Zealand: A report into hospital based doctors found that 50% of doctors were suffering burnout or depression symptoms