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USA: 48% of physicians are happy at work, survey finds


Physicians' happiness fell amid the pandemic and is not rebounding easily, according to Medscape's 2023 Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report.

The report is based on survey responses from 9,175 U.S.-based physicians in 29 specialties polled last year between 28 June and 3 October.

The report found:

1. 59% of physicians said they were "somewhat" or "very happy," down from 84% before the pandemic. These figures mirror percentages seen in Medscape's same report conducted last year. 

2. The percentage of physicians who are happy at work, specifically, fell from 75% before the pandemic to 48% today.

3. Four in 10 physicians said they regularly look after their own health and wellness, up from 33% who said the same in Medscape's 2022 report. 

4. 53% said they would take a pay decrease in return for better work-life balance. 

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Source: Becker's Hospital Review, 20 January 2023

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