Burnout in United States Healthcare Professionals: A Narrative Review

Cureus. 2018 Dec 4;10(12):e3681. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3681.


Burnout has reached rampant levels among United States (US) healthcare professionals, with over one-half of physicians and one-third of nurses experiencing symptoms. The burnout epidemic is detrimental to patient care and may exacerbate the impending physician shortage. This review gives a brief history of burnout and summarizes its main causes, effects, and prevalence among US healthcare workers. It also lists some strategies that physicians, organizations, and medical schools can employ to counter the epidemic.

Keywords: burnout; fatigue; stress; well-being; wellness.

Publication types

  • Review