Physician burnout higher in 2021 than 2020, study shows – Healthcare Dive

September 18, 2022
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Provider burnout was rampant before the COVID-19 pandemic, but multiple studies have shown the crisis is exacerbating the issues as physicians and nurses have had to face increased risk of harassment and violence on the job as well as staffing shortages.
In a May advisory addressing burnout, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote, “Today, when I visit a hospital, clinic, or health department and ask staff how they’re doing, many tell me they feel exhausted, helpless, and heartbroken.”
The advisory called on healthcare employers and the broader community to ensure providers have access to mental health care without punitive policies, reduce administrative burden and protect worker safety through adequate personal protective equipment and steps to reduce workplace violence.
The Biden administration has used funds from the American Rescue Plan to address provider burnout and has pledged grant funding for health systems to tackle the problem.
Burnout can push providers to leave the profession or retire early, and has multiple other complications for health systems and clinics.
The study’s authors said burnout affects “quality of care, medical errors, reductions in clinical work effort, turnover, departure from practice, and healthcare costs,” adding the findings “have potentially critical implications for the US healthcare delivery system.”
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