David Torchiana, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, recently co-authored a Health Affairs blog post on the topic of physician burnout and how levels of burnout among physicians indicate that our health system is at a crisis point.
A recent study published by the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings surveyed roughly 7,000 physicians and found that about half are experiencing professional burnout.
Burnout is "an experience of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of low achievement and decreased effectiveness," according to the Health Affairs blog post.
Physician burnout could have profound effects on our entire health care system, including on quality of care delivered, health care costs, and patient safety.
Torchiana co-authored the post with leaders from 12 health systems, including The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Health System, Sutter Health, and the Cleveland Clinic.