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60% of Neurologists Note at Least 1 Burnout Symptom

Neurology; ePub 2017 Jan 25; Busis, Shanafelt, et al

Burnout is common in all neurology practice settings and subspecialties, according to a recent survey. The results from this survey will help shape approaches needed to reduce burnout and promote career satisfaction and well-being in US neurologists. A total of 4,127 US American Academy of Neurology member neurologists who had finished training were surveyed using validated measures of burnout, career satisfaction, and well-being from January 19 to March 21, 2016. Researchers found:

  • Response rate was 40.5% (1,671 of 4,127).
  • Average age of participants was 51 years, with 65.3% male and nearly equal representation across US geographic regions.
  • Approximately 60% of respondents had at least 1 symptom of burnout.
  • Hours worked/week, nights on call/week, number of outpatients seen/week, and amount of clerical work were associated with greater burnout risk.
  • Effective support staff, job autonomy, meaningful work, age, and subspecializing in epilepsy were associated with lower risk.
  • Burnout was strongly associated with decreased career satisfaction.


Busis NA, Shanafelt TD, Keran CM, et al. Burnout, career satisfaction, and well-being among US neurologists in 2016. [Published online ahead of print January 25, 2017]. Neurology. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000003640.