Perspectives

Moral Injury or Burnout?

Authors: Thomas F. Heston, MD, Joshuel A. Pahang, BS

Abstract

Burnout among healthcare providers is a growing problem, leading to the early retirement of otherwise qualified professionals and suboptimal medical care. Rates of physician burnout in the United States are estimated to exceed 50%, increasing the cost of medical care through high turnover and decreased quality of patient care.1

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