HealthDay News — Full-time physicians reporting worsening burnout or decreased job satisfaction are more likely to reduce their work hours, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The researchers used administrative/payroll records to assess the work status of faculty physicians working for Mayo Clinic from Oct. 1, 2008, to Oct. 1, 2014.
Based on a survey of 1,856 physicians, full-time physicians who report worsening burnout or show decreasing job satisfaction are more likely to reduce their working hours. For each one-point increase on a seven-point emotional exhaustion scale the likelihood of reducing full-time employment over the next 24 months was increased by 43%. Each one-point decrease in the five-point satisfaction score correlated with a 34% increased likelihood of reducing work hours.
“Among physicians in a large health care organization, burnout and declining satisfaction were strongly associated with actual reductions in professional work effort over the following 24 months,” the authors write.