Responses to a new Medscape survey indicate that 44% of physicians meet the criteria for burnout, up from 42% in last year’s report. In addition, 11% are colloquially depressed (feeling down or sad), and 4% are clinically depressed, according to the Medscape National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019.
The responses show that 14% have had thoughts of suicide but have not attempted it, and 6% said they preferred not to answer. Survey authors note that one physician a day dies by suicide, the highest rate of any profession. According to this survey, 1% of physicians have attempted it.