Doctors who find meaning in their work are less likely to feel burnout

From Reuters:

Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a “calling” that has meaning, according to a recent study.

Burnout – characterized by emotional exhaustion, a loss of a sense of self-identity and a reduced sense of accomplishment – can happen in any occupation, the researchers write in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Burnout among doctors has been linked to lower patient satisfaction, more medical errors and higher healthcare costs, the researchers write.

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