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Commentary on “A Professional Well-Being Continuum: Broadening the Burnout Conversation”

Authors: Robert Zylstra, EdD, LCSW


The concept of physician wellness has attracted significant
attention in recent years, as well it should. Statistics suggest
that, depending on your specialty, 55% to 72% of physicians
are experiencing what is frequently referred to as “burnout.”1
Although some may argue that burnout is common among
many individuals in today’s society, physicians appear to be
struggling at a rate twice that of the general population
(49% vs 28%).1

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