Half of the Massachusetts physicians surveyed have already cut or are planning to cut their office hours, according to new data released Thursday by a major industry group, and one in four I plan to move completely away from medicine in the next few years.
The Massachusetts Medical Association has fueled concerns about staffing shortages that have plagued the health care industry and many other aspects of the economy, with a survey of more than 500 members finding that a majority were “burnt out.” He is experiencing symptoms that reach a threshold.”
According to the report, nearly 27% of respondents said they had already cut back on their clinical operations, and another 24% said they were “certainly” or “likely” by June. The survey also found that the physician workforce is likely to take a further hit. 14.2% said they would “certainly” leave the field within the next two years, and 12.8% said their next retirement was “likely”.
Signs of tension were stronger in certain demographic groups. About 63% of the female doctors who took part in the survey showed symptoms of burnout, compared to 47% of the male doctors.
The most common workplace stressors cited by physicians were increased documentation requirements, lack of available support staff, time spent requiring pre-approval, and medical decision-making and resource allocation by non-medical administrators. was excessive, and staff turnover.
Ted Calianos, President of MMS, said the findings were “not at all surprising or inconsistent with what is happening across the country, but they are disastrous.”
“Physician burnout and the scourge of poor health among physicians and health care team members remain a threat to public health and patient care,” said Calianos. “The unprecedented stress on healthcare workers and systems during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to exacerbate an already embarrassing situation.”
Healthcare employers have been struggling with staffing issues for months. Last year, the Mass. Health and Hospital Association estimated that Massachusetts hospitals were short of about 19,000 full-time workers.