Physicians suffering advanced state of burnout

The medical profession and governments have been urged to pay more attention to the issue of stress and burn out among physicians, according to the President of the World Medical Association. Dr. Dana Hanson, a Canadian dermatologist, said that the medical profession must strive to remove the stigma surrounding burn out, while governments must address the problem, since healthy resilient physicians equalled longer professional lives and, more importantly, more accessible care for patients.

Dr. Hanson, addressing The Global Forum of Health Leaders conference in Taipei, Taiwan, today said that according to surveys in Canada and elsewhere some 45 per cent of physicians were in an advanced state of burn out, with an even higher figure in developing countries. Read more at the World Medical Association website.