Burnout – or moral injury - can be caused by a number of factors, including prolonged job-related stress.1

Ten sources of subjective stress in doctors2

1.     Conflicting demands, time pressures, and insufficient resources

2.     Gravity, emotional intensity, and responsibility of the job

3.     Constraints and demands (“interference”) from various government agencies

4.     Requirements for accreditation and continuing professional development

5.     Demanding, hostile, and emotionally difficult patients; malpractice risks

6.     Time-consuming administrative tasks that detract from patient care

7.     Stress of managing the demands of small business, finance, and accounting

8.     After-hours and on-call work that interferes with family life and self-care

9.     Unsatisfactory pay compared with expended effort

10.    Seeming lack of appreciation by administrators

If you’re interested in case-based education related to burnout and moral injury for your healthcare providers, please contact us at info@med-iq.com.

1 Montañez R. Three types of personalities prone to burnout and what to do if you identify. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelmontanez/2019/06/03/three-types-of-personalities-prone-to-burnout-and-what-to-do-ifyou-identify/?sh=555b8e7924db. June 3, 2019. Accessed July 8, 2021

2 Riley GJ. Understanding the stresses and strains of being a doctor. Med J Aust. 2004;181(7):350-353.

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