Surgeons who report struggling to balance their professional and personal responsibilities are more likely to exhibit symptoms of depression and meet criteria for alcohol abuse, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's Archives of Surgery.
These struggling surgeons are also more likely to reduce their work hours or leave their practice, the study found.
Researchers found a strong link with those conflicts and adverse consequences, including work burnout, depression, relationship difficulties, alcohol abuse and career dissatisfaction. About half of the surgeons who reported experiencing recent work-home conflicts showed signs of depression, while 17.2% showed signs of alcohol abuse or dependency. Among those who reported no recent work-home conflicts, 28.1% showed symptoms of depression, while 14.4% showed signs of alcohol abuse or dependency.