There are many things that contribute to the frustration and fatigue "burnout" experienced by physicians, nurses, teachers, retail workers, sales personnel, assembly line workers, supervisors, managers, etc. My point is that "burnout" should never be associated as a single cause for anyone's challenges with their employment or profession. We often hear that most people do not leave their jobs for more money, they tend to leave because they do not have a good working relationship with their manager; lack of trust, lack of empowerment, autonomy, unfair expectations, lack of opportunity for growth, lack of communication, etc. The best way to address what has been labeled as "burnout" for anyone is to evaluate your individual situation for what it is and be introspective about your own purpose, motivation, and behaviors in dealing with challenging circumstances. Then address your own situation in a proactive and collaborative manner with those that you think can help. Otherwise, choose to move on to where you do feel you can succeed. Quit whining and do something about it.
I don't agree with EHR causing doctor burnout story. Last week's comment about doctors losing independence is more appropriate reason than EHRs are forcing me to document. If documentation is a big pain, doctors should get a scribe. In addition, the doctors also need to learn how to use EHR effectively. Most of the doctors who complain about EHR haven't spend enough time learning the features. (and please don't give me the reason that no one is paying for that time). This is part of learning and staying up-to-date.
All complaining doctors should read "Who moved my cheese".