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How to avoid compassion fatigue in healthcare

What is compassion fatigue in healthcare? The phrase “compassion fatigue” (CF) was created to explain the phenomena of stress brought on by being around a traumatized person. It is characterized as a decline in the caregiver’s capacity for empathy brought on by physical and mental exhaustion. Professionals who work in healthcare, emergency services, or community…

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Depression in doctors; an unfortunate reality

Depression affects an estimated 12% of males and up to 19.5% of females in the medical field, making it as prevalent as in the general population. [1, 2] Furthermore  15–30% of medical students and residents screened positive for depressive symptoms. [3, 4, 5]. In this article, we’ll discuss the key findings of the report by Medscape on depression…

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Physician suicide rate and risk by specialty

Every year sadly around 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide every year. Alarmingly the results from a 10-minute 2021 survey by Medscape involving 13,069 physicians showed that around 1 in 10 physicians had thoughts about or attempted suicide. 10% of male and 13% of female doctors said that their colleagues or other physicians had…

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Doctors burnout; signs, causes, treatment, and prevention

It’s no secret that doctors experience a high level of stress. But what many people may not know is the extent to which this stress can lead to burnout. Burnout can negatively affect all aspects of a doctor’s life, from their personal relationships to their career. In this post, we’ll take a look at the…

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Are doctors happy? Which specialty has the highest satisfaction rate?

Short Answer According to a 2019 survey done on 5,855 physicians by the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) and Comp Health, the majority of practicing doctors (71%) report that they are happy although 19% say they are very or somewhat unhappy. [1] Furthermore, 61% said that they would still become a physician if they had the chance…