Doctor burnout is becoming a huge problem, according to new research, which finds that nearly half of all physicians feel completely depleted, to the point where one in seven have contemplated suicide.
The annual Medscape report, released Wednesday, finds that on average, 44 percent of the medical professionals that your existence depends on report feeling stressed out to the point where they’ve considered leaving the field altogether.
A higher percentage of these wiped-out life-savers are women, according to the survey of more than 15,000 doctors.
“It’s alarming,” says Brunilda Nazario, lead medical director at WebMD, which owns Medscape. “These numbers haven’t changed, and the problem just continues to be a trend, despite increasing programs to address wellness,” such as “nutrition and exercise programs, or more time off.”