Fierce Healthcare January 18, 2022
Susan Kreimer

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are taking a toll on doctors both at work and beyond practicing medicine.

Physician happiness fell 22% during the pandemic, and there was a 188% jump in doctors noting they are “somewhat” or “very” unhappy.

These were the findings of the newly released Medscape 2022 Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report, which surveyed more than 13,000 U.S.-based doctors across 29 specialties between June and September 2021. The survey polled doctors about how they are prioritizing wellness, work-life balance and their family lives during the pandemic.

“In the wake of a global pandemic, many are re-evaluating their lifestyles and where they can find happiness,” the report noted. “For physicians, the struggles that COVID-19 continues to bring,...

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