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.
Source: Becker's Hospital Review, 20 January 2023
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