Three surprising truths about physician burnout

Laura Martin, Senior Analyst

The practice of medicine in the U.S. is at a tipping point. Amid the shift to value-based payment and the transformation of care delivery is a burgeoning crisis among providers. Over half of physicians have lost the joy in the practice and increasingly feel “burned out.”

While some of the specifics are unsurprising—for example, front line physicians experience the highest levels of burnout—survey data and research conversations uncover a few unexpected trends. Here are three surprising truths about physician burnout you should know.

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