Professional morale and state of medicine among U.S. physicians 2012-2018

This survey displays the distribution of opinions among U.S. physicians on their professional morale and feelings about the current state of medical professions from 2012 to 2018. In 2014, 37.1 percent of surveyed physicians felt somewhat negative about their professional morale and current state of the profession. Many physicians in the United States are changing from an independent practice owner to an employee. Most continue to experience high pressures to keep up with demands for their services and suggest that new physicians must be trained to prevent shortages.

Distribution of U.S. physicians' opinions on morale and state in medical profession from 2012 to 2018

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Release date

September 2018


United States

Survey time period

March to June 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018

Number of respondents

17,236 respondents

Special properties

in all 50 states

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which best describes your professional morale and your feelings about the current state of the medical profession?"

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