Improving Physician Wellbeing

Physician burnout has devastating effects on the access, quality and cost of our country’s health care. In The Physician’s Foundation’s 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians, 58% of physicians reported often having feelings of burnout—compared to 40% in 2018.

78% of physicians experience burnout due to clinical autonomy, EHR challenges and barriers to addressing patients’ needs.

The Physicians Foundation combats the main drivers of burnout and improves physician wellbeing by researching how best to redesign systems and practice environments.

The Foundation, through the Practice Transformation Initiative where it partners with the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of New Jersey, the North Carolina Medical Society and Washington State Medical Association, is exploring actionable solutions to prevent physician burnout and promote wellbeing.

The Foundation also launched Vital Signs to empower physicians, their colleagues and loved one to check in on one another’s wellbeing. Ultimately, by making conversations about burnout, stress and suicide easier, we will help destigmatize the negativity around physicians seeking help for their mental health.

Over the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants to medical societies, associations, foundations, health systems and research institutes to support physician wellbeing efforts across the country.

Explore Our Work to Protect Physician Wellbeing