Survey Shows Physician Happiness Outside Work Sees Sharp Drop in a Year

January 26, 2021 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Engagement & Morale, Health and Wellness

Last modified January 27, 2021

Numbers in a new Medscape survey confirm that COVID-19’s drain on physicians has spread beyond their work and into their home life. In another survey conducted a year ago, prior to the pandemic, most physicians reported they were somewhat happy (39%) or very happy (43%) outside of work. In this recent survey, that total had dropped to 38% who were somewhat happy, and 20% who were very happy.

More than 12,000 physicians in 29 specialties responded to the survey, which was taken between August 30 and November 5. An astonishing half (47%) said they would sacrifice some of their salary to have a better work-life balance. Among those that responded, about a third said they would take a cut of between $10,000 and $20,000 and another third would trade between $20,000 and $50,000.

Also within the survey, it was discovered 9% of physicians were very anxious about the future, and 67% said they were somewhat or slightly anxious. “The feeling has clearly shifted with the duration of the pandemic,” authors wrote in the 2021 Medscape Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report.

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