Date of Award


Degree Name

Healthcare Administration


College of Business

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Alberto Coustasse


Introduction: In the healthcare sector, burnout among surgeons has emerged as a critical issue, impacting both the well-being of medical professionals and the quality outcomes of patient care. Research has consistently shown that long hours, high workloads, demanding results, and mental fatigue make physicians more vulnerable to experiencing burnout than others. Studies have revealed alarming statistical rates, with a significant percentage of surgeons reporting physical exhaustion and mental health repercussions. This trend is further enhanced by the demanding nature of the medical environment, where work-related stress and burnout have become common concerns.

Purpose of the Study: The negative effects of burnout on healthcare professionals are saddening, leading to cognitive weariness, emotional exhaustion, decreased personal achievement, and physical fatigue. Such consequences not only affect the individual's performance but also have implications for patient care quality and overall healthcare outcomes for their respective practices. Addressing burnout among surgeons is crucial for enhancing patient satisfaction, improving physician health, and implementing a positive work-life balance.

Methodology: To investigate this issue, a comprehensive methodology was employed, including a qualitative literature review and data analysis. By utilizing various research databases and search criteria focused on burnout, work-related stress, surgeon errors, and surgeon fatigue, 30 relevant articles were identified. The research aimed to understand the factors contributing to burnout among general surgeons and identify effective interventions to mitigate its impact on both healthcare professionals and patients.

Results: The findings emphasize the importance of targeted interventions to address burnout among general surgeons, with the potential to enhance patient care quality and promote a healthier work environment. By recognizing the signs of burnout, implementing supportive measures, and fostering a culture of well-being, healthcare organizations can create a more sustainable and fulfilling work environment for their staff. Ultimately, prioritizing the mental and emotional well-being of healthcare professionals is essential for ensuring optimal patient care outcomes and sustaining a resilient healthcare system for the community.

Discussion/Conclusion: In conclusion, addressing burnout among general surgeons is crucial for maintaining a sustainable healthcare workforce and delivering high-quality patient care. The findings of this study highlight the importance of implementing evidence-based interventions to support the mental health and well-being of surgeons, ultimately benefiting both healthcare professionals and patients. Further research is needed to explore the impact of interventions on burnout rates among different surgical specialties and to utilize more objective measures of burnout and job satisfaction.


Health services administration.

Health facilities -- Business management.

Surgeons -- fatigue.

Job satisfaction.

Medical errors -- surgery.