Burnout Rate and Risk Factors among Anesthesiologists in the United States

Study Type & Method: An email survey was completed by nearly 4000 members of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists (pre-pandemic). Burnout was assessed using the Maslach Burnout Inventory Human Services Survey, which assesses emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and feelings of personal accomplishment. Additional questions explored occupational and personal risk factors for burnout.

Findings: The findings demonstrated that 59.2% of anaesthetists were at high risk of burnout and 13.8% met criteria for burnout syndrome (the presence of all three dimensions of burnout). Multivariate analysis showed perceived lack of support at work, working ≥ 40hrs/week, LGBTIQA status and perceived staffing shortages were independently associated with high risk for burnout. Perceived lack of support at work (odds ratio, 10.0; 95% CI, 5.4 to 18.3) and home (odds ratio, 2.13; 95% CI, 1.69 to 2.69) were most strongly associated with burnout syndrome.

Commentary: Anaesthetists are at risk of burnout. Workplace factors are the major contributors. Feeling supported was identified as a critical factor for wellbeing. Support your colleagues.

Reviewed by Dr Maryann Turner