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(, Guest Essay, Opinion) Doctors Aren’t Burned Out From Overwork. We’re Demoralized by Our Health System.

Opinion | Guest Essay |

By Eric Reinhart | Dr. Reinhart is a political anthropologist and physician at Northwestern University.

February 5, 2023

Doctors have long diagnosed many of our sickest patients with “demoralization syndrome,” a condition commonly associated with terminal illness that’s characterized by a sense of helplessness and loss of purpose. American physicians are now increasingly suffering from a similar condition, except our demoralization is not a reaction to a medical condition, but rather to the diseased systems for which we work.



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