GP burnout linked to just 12 patients

The emotional toll on doctors can hinge on having a small number of additional patients with multimorbidities

A relatively small increase in the number of patients with physical multimorbidities can dramatically increase a GP’s risk of burnout, a study suggests.

burnt-out GP

Researchers reviewed the clinical complexity in the patient cohorts of 3300 GPs while measuring each doctor’s health and wellbeing.

Some 10% were found to have full burnout syndrome — defined as high emotional exhaustion, high emotional detachment from patients and low perceived value of their work, measured via the Maslach Burnout Inventory.