There are no published data characterizing burnout rates for pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. The primary purpose of this study was to identify the rates of self-reported personal and team burnout among members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). A secondary aim was to determine whether specific demographic variables were more likely to be associated with self-reported burnout.
During its 2018 annual meeting, the POSNA Wellness Taskforce launched a web-based survey in which members were asked to respond to 2 previously validated questions related to personal and team burnout. The survey was distributed by a closed POSNA membership e-mail list and responses were analyzed anonymously. Descriptive statistics were calculated. Pearson χ2 testing was used to analyze differences in burnout rates as a function of age and sex.
A total of 615 POSNA members completed the survey, a 47% response rate. Overall, 38% reported personal burnout and 46% reported team burnout. Women were more likely to report both personal (P<0.001) and team burnouts (P<0.005). Members aged 40 to 59 years were more likely to report personal burnout, irrespective of sex (P<0.001). Members aged 50 to 59 years were more likely than those in other age groups to report team burnout (P<0.001). There was no significant association found between the presence of burnout and either race, ethnicity, LGBTQ status, or educational background.
As a group, pediatric orthopaedists report moderately high rates of both personal and team member burnout. Individual-specific factors such as age and sex may play an important role in determining one’s risk for experiencing burnout. Recognizing that burnout affects a significant minority of POSNA members is a crucial first step.
Level of Evidence: