Doctor wonders if physician burnout is contagious

Is all this talk about physician burnout and depression only leading to more of it? asks "Skeptical Scalpel," a former chairman of surgery and residency program director, who anonymously blogs about medicine, in a piece for MedPageToday. The surgeon wonders if "emotional contagion," where negative emotions can be transferred from one person to another without direct contact such as via Facebook, could be making the problem of physician burnout worse. "Could it be that the more stories written about burnout and depression, the more burned out and depressed doctors become?" he asks. Article