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A CMA survey finds high levels of burnout among Canadian physicians

On October 10, the Canadian Medical Association released the report of the CMA National Physician Health Survey: A National Snapshot. This study responds to the issue of improving physician health and wellness. According to this report, while 82% of physicians and residents reported high resilience, more than one in four reported high levels of burnout and one in three screened positive for depression, suggesting that the issue is broader than individual factors and extends to other systemic factors.

This survey of Canadian physicians shows that medical residents are 48% more likely to report burnout, and 95% more likely to screen positive for depression. Women physicians are more likely than their male counterparts to report burnout (23% more) and more likely to screen positive for depression (32% more).

Most of the physicians said they were aware of the physician health services available to them, but many of them did not use these services mainly because they don't dare to seek help or believed the situation was not severe enough.

Physician health is a major concern because “[…] Poor physician health not only affects physicians individually, but studies have shown it can have an impact on patient care,” explains Dr. Gigi Osler, President of the CMA. “It's important to shed light on areas where we can and must do better to support physicians, especially in the early years of their careers.”

To read all of the findings of this survey, go to the CMA National Physician Health Survey: A National Snapshot.

 

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