Estimating the attributable cost of physician burnout in the United States cost of physician burnout

Shasha Han, MS, Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, Christine A. Sinsky, MD, Karim M. Awad, MD, Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, Lynne C. Fiscus, MD, MPH, Mickey Trockel, MD, Joel Goh, PhD
Submitted: June, 2019

Estimate costs related to physician burnout (turnover and clinical hour reduction). $4.6 billion in costs related to physician turnover and reduced clinical hours are attributable to burnout each year in the United States. This estimate ranged from $2.6 billion to $6.3 billion in multivariate probabilistic sensitivity analyses. At an organizational level, the annual economic cost associated with burnout related to turnover and reduced clinical hours is approximately $7600 per employed physician each year.

Resource Type:
  • Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design:
  • Survey/Study
  • Review
  • Burnout, Well-being, & Professionalism