Ophthalmologists Are Less Depressed Than Other Specialists!
Ophthalmologists report lower rates of clinical depression and higher rates of happiness outside of work than physicians in other specialties, according to the Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle, Happiness, and Burnout Report 2022. One in four ophthalmologists (40%) said they were burned-out, less than in the general physician pool (47%). Emergency medicine (60%) and critical care (56%) ranked highest among all specialties regarding rates of burnout, while public health and preventive medicine (26%) and dermatology (33%) ranked lowest. This new report was compiled from an online survey that included more than 13,000 physicians from 29 specialties, of which 2% of respondents were ophthalmologists. Most respondents (61%) were male; 38% were female. The most common age of respondents was 55–64 (31%), followed by 45–54 (25%) and those 65 years or older (20%). The survey was available from June 29, 2021, to September 26, 2021.
@rajashree Ophthalmologists participated in non–work-related hobbies, exercised, and spent time with family and friends (all 68%) to promote their well-being. Getting enough sleep (55%) and eating healthy (49%) were also common strategies, while only 5% of respondents said therapy helped maintain their happiness and mental health outside of work.