New Medscape report reveals progress among physician burnout, depression

Jan. 26, 2024
Despite the positive shift unveiled in the annual physician burnout and depression survey, there's still a lot of work to do.

The latest annual survey on physician burnout and depression has reported uncommon declines in the rates among U.S. doctors. This could signal an encouraging shift in the overall mental well-being of physicians, according to a release from Medscape. 

Forty-nine percent of physicians told Medscape they feel burned out and 20% said they were depressed. In last year's report, the rates were 53% and 23%, respectively.

Other noteworthy findings in the Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report: "We Have Much Work to Do" include:

  • 83% of doctors surveyed cited professional stress as the primary contributor to their burnout and/or depression.
  • As in previous years, the number of work-related bureaucratic tasks was cited as the primary reason for burnout (62%). Spending too many hours at work (41%) and lack of respect from administrators, employers, and coworkers (40%) also were contributing factors.
  • Additionally, the Medscape Report found 48% of the physicians surveyed felt their employers do not recognize the pervasiveness of burnout among their medical staff.

To view the full report, click here:

Medscape release