Professional stress

Percent of total physicians who agree or strongly agree with
the following:

  Overall Female Male 34 and under 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 and over
Total 3385 958 2427 330 1118 1039 609 289
Workload is heavier than I would like 62% 59% 63% 52% 68% 70% 58% 33%
Family/personal life has suffered from choosing medicine as a profession 55% 52% 57% 53% 59% 58% 50% 44%
Patient expectations are unreasonably high 59% 58% 59% 56% 61% 63% 53% 50%
Lack of locums has affected ability to take vacation 31% 34% 30% 33% 34% 33% 26% 23%
On-call responsibilities too onerous 27% 20% 30% 21% 28% 31% 28% 13%
Professional income has been discounted in last year 58% 49% 62% 53% 58% 60% 60% 54%
Opportunities are limited to change career path 65% 63% 66% 69% 67% 66% 65% 51%


Percent of total physicians who agree or strongly agree with the following:

  GP/FP Med Spec Surg Spec Rural Urban
Total 1736 1184 465 294 3091
Workload is heavier than I would like 61% 63% 63% 59% 62%
Family/personal life has suffered from choosing medicine as a profession 55% 51% 66% 58% 55%
Patient expectations are unreasonably high 64% 51% 60% 55% 59%
Lack of locums has affected ability to take vacation 42% 29% 21% 43% 30%
On-call responsibilities too onerous 24% 26% 41% 35% 26%
Professional income has been discounted in last year 61% 52% 66% 56% 59%
Opportunities are limited to change career path 66% 64% 65% 65% 65%