Do No Harm, Except Unto Thyself

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We applaud the authors of “A Survey Evaluating Burnout, Health Status, Depression, Reported Alcohol and Substance Use, And Social Support of Anesthesiologists”1 for advancing the empirical research on physician burnout specifically related to the practice of anesthesiology. In a follow-up to a previous study,2 Hyman et al1 examine the variants of burnout as well as its relationship with reported substance use among clinicians in the field of anesthesiology. The study included 221 respondents to a survey offered to participants after viewing an online webinar regarding burnout. Since voluntary participation with survey-based studies may lend itself to potential selection bias, readers should take this into consideration when reviewing the researchers’ findings. The researchers did report that this study’s participants were demographically similar to the American Society of Anesthesiologists membership.
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