Physician Practice

Don't blame the pandemic: Healthcare burnout predates it

Medical Environment Update, April 15, 2021

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by Brian Ward

As the coronavirus pandemic (hopefully) nears its end, everyone is looking forward to things returning to normal—though a pessimist might point out that going back to normal may still not mean things are good. Take burnout among healthcare workers, for example. A 2020 Medscape study found that 42% of physicians were experiencing some level of burnout during the pandemic.

After the pandemic ends, healthcare leaders may feel tempted to take the easy route and blame all the problems on the pandemic, including burnout. However, it’s not that simple. Of the physicians experiencing burnout, 79% said their condition began before the pandemic started.

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