Harassment Leading To Higher Burnout With Female Docs

NEW STUDY FINDS SEXUAL HARASSMENT, GENDER DISCRIMINATION, OTHER MISTREATMENT CONTRIBUTING TO A HIGHER RATE OF BURNOUT AMONG WOMEN SURGICAL RESIDENTS COMPARED TO MEN

(CNN) – A new study finds sexual harassment, gender discrimination and other mistreatment are contributing to a higher rate of burnout among women surgical residents compared to men.

The study, based on a survey of about 7,400 surgical residents, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Among the findings, about 42% of female surgical residents experienced burnout, compared to 36% of the men; 65% of the women reported gender discrimination, compared to 10% of the men; 20% of the women experienced sexual harassment, compared to 4% of the men, and the women were more likely to report suicidal thoughts than their male counterparts.

The study authors are calling for solutions to what they call a burnout crisis; saying it’s hurting doctors and lost productivity and turnover are costing the U.S. health care system billions of dollars.

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