Physician burnout is undoubtedly a complex issue with many contributing factors. However, like with many things in medicine, even the most complex phenomenons can be simplified.
That's what one doctor facing burnout came to discover - what he was experiencing could be reduced to three main components, or what he refers to as the "three b's" of burnout: bleakness, bureaucracy, and boredom.
While one or two of these may be manageable, it's when all three come together that can cause serious problems for physicians. Read more of what this doctor has to say about burnout at Kevin MD.