Blog | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

QD: News Every Day--70% of doctors find it tough to balance work and life

Seven of 10 doctors say it's somewhat or very difficult to maintain a work-life balance, an ACP Internist survey reported.

Nearly equal numbers reported that it was somewhat easy (13%) or neither difficult nor easy (12%) to keep a balance, while a seemingly lucky few (5%) reported it was very easy to do so.

Readers reacted to a story that outlined how burnout, depression and excess stress can all erode work-health balance.

Simple advice: physicians should practice more of the moderation they preach to patients. They're smoking less--only 4% do--but they may still be missing out on sleep or abusing other substances to compensate.

On the plus side, the benefits of exercise count most for the first 15 to 20 minutes a day. "Captive food situations" such as mandatory medical meetings could include better meal options.