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July 2018

The Loss of a Sense of Control as a Major Contributor to Physician Burnout: A Neuropsychiatric Pathway to Prevention and Recovery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(7):665-666. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0566

Burnout has become a major concern in health care. Multiple surveys have documented the alarming percentage of physicians experiencing the symptoms and signs of burnout. The consequences of burnout have been well described, and include increased medical errors, unprofessional conduct, reduced patient satisfaction, stress-related health problems, drug addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, and marital and family discord.1