Physician burnout and professional satisfaction in orthopedic surgeons during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Burnout and professional satisfaction is an often an overlooked component for healthcare outcomes; the COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented stressor that could contribute to higher levels of burnout. OBJECTIVES: Our primary objective was to evaluate the association of a battery of fulfillment, job satisfaction change, COVID-19 concerns, and coping measures. Our secondary objective was to determine whether the fulfillment and coping measures differed by gender and by experience levels among a battery of physician specialties. METHODS: The study was a purposive sample of convenience. Study participants included all trainees and attending orthopedic surgeons from our academic institution; all participants were invited to complete a survey built around a validated measure of professional fulfillment aimed at assessing response to acute change and stressors. We performed univariate statistics and a matrix correlational analysis to correlate different survey domains with variables of interest. RESULTS: The survey was sent electronically to 138 individuals; 63 surveys were completed (response rate = 45.7%). Twenty-seven (42.8%) individuals met the threshold criteria for fulfillment whereas 10 (15.9%) met the threshold for burnout. We found that surgeon perspectives on COVID-19 were not associated with burnout or professional fulfillment. Burnout was inversely associated with professional fulfillment (R = -0.35). Support seeking was noted to be correlated with professional fulfillment (R = 0.37). CONCLUSIONS: Stressors related to COVID-19 pandemic were not correlated with physician burnout and fulfillment. This held true even when stratifying by gender and by attending vs. trainee. Continued efforts should be implemented to protect against physician burnout and ensure professional fulfillment for Orthopedic surgeons.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lazarides, AL; Belay, ES; Anastasio, AT; Cook, CE; Anakwenze, OA

Published Date

  • 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 15 - 22

PubMed ID

  • 33998571

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-9270

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3233/WOR-205288


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands