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August 5, 2020

Burnout Among All Groups of Physicians—Mitigation Strategies for Dermatologists

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 4Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Inc, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2020;156(10):1049-1050. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.2155

Physician burnout affects all physicians, including dermatologists. In a recent survey of more than 30 000 physicians, nearly 50% of dermatologists reported burnout, a rate similar to the national average across all specialties.1 Early research that defined burnout as a triad of exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced sense of personal accomplishment also informed the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of burnout as an occupational phenomenon. Despite these specific and clear definitions of burnout, colloquial use of the term has become a less-specific way of describing a shared frustration with the stress of practicing medicine.

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