Physicians As Shock Absorbers: The System of Structural Factors Driving Burnout and Dissatisfaction in Medicine

Authors: Tania Jenkins, PhD

Topics: Behavioral Health

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

November 1, 2023

American physicians disproportionately suffer from burnout. Despite calls for solutions to the physician burnout crisis, there is little research on how multiple structural factors intersect in real-time as a system to shape well-being.

This article examines pressures on physicians from societal, organizational, and professional levels, to assess how these structural factors work together to affect their experience and burnout level.

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