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.

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“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.


Shanafelt TD, Mungo M, Schmitgen J, et al. Longitudinal Study Evaluating the Association Between Physician Burnout and Changes in Professional Work Effort. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016;91(4):422-31.