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Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups

Non-Hispanic Black physicians more likely to report satisfaction with work-life integration versus White doctors

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

Luis C. Garcia, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study using data from 4,424 physicians to examine possible differences in occupational burnout, depressive symptoms, career satisfaction, and work-life integration by race/ethnicity.

The researchers found that burnout was observed in 44.7, 41.7, 38.5, and 37.4 percent of non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Asian, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic/Latinx physicians, respectively. Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, the adjusted odds of burnout were lower in non-Hispanic Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, and non-Hispanic Black physicians (odds ratios, 0.77, 0.63, and 0.49, respectively). The likelihood of reporting satisfaction with work-life integration was increased for non-Hispanic Black versus non-Hispanic White physicians (odds ratio, 1.69). Depressive symptoms and career satisfaction did not differ by race/ethnicity.

“There remains a need for additional research to not only confirm our results but also elucidate the factors or mechanisms that might underlie the patterns observed in the present study,” the authors write.

One author was coinventor of the Well-Being Index instruments, and a second author received royalties from these instruments.

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