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Cost of Physician Burnout Estimated at $4.6 Billion a Year

Key clinical point: Burnout-attributable costs were higher for younger physicians.

Major finding: Physician burnout costs the U.S. health care system approximately $4.6 billion a year.

Study details: A cost-consequence analysis focusing on physician turnover and lost clinical hours.

Disclosures: One investigator has received grants from the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Physicians Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Another received a startup grant from the National University of Singapore. Ms. Han said that she had no financial conflicts.


Han S et al. Ann Intern Med. 2019 May 28. doi: 10.7326/M18-1422.