November 3, 2022

Is It Burnout or Depression? Expanding Efforts to Improve Physician Well-Being

On November 3, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article by MNI Professor and U-M Eisenberg Family Depression Center Director Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D. The article discusses the current emphasis on distinguishing burnout from depression and possible unintended consequences for physician well-being and is accompanied by an interview with Stephen Morrissey, Executive Managing Editor of the Journal.

Awareness of physician burnout in the United States has increased dramatically. So far in 2022, there have been 10 times as many published scholarly articles on burnout as there were 20 years ago, and the National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. Surgeon General’s office have recently published reports on clinician burnout. This growing attention has helped to reduce the stigma associated with burnout, highlighting the healthcare system, rather than the individual, as the primary driver of the problem.

To read the article, please click here.

Click here to listen to Dr. Sen's interview with the Journal's Executive Managing Editor Stephen Morrissey.