It looks like doctor burnout is finally being taken seriously

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The medical establishment may finally be coming to grips with the issue of physician burnout. The evidence: two studies on the topic released online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

One study notes that nearly half of junior physicians are already experiencing burnout symptoms at least one day a week.

The other study underscores how hard it is to assess the problem. In the systematic review, researchers have found huge variations in definitions of burnout and estimated rates among doctors.

"With two lead articles in one of the most prominent medical journals in the world, it means that burnout is now being taken seriously by the medical mainstream," says Dr Albert Wu, an internist and professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

"It is being endorsed at an alarming rate by