Burnout has long been an issue for physicians, nurses, and other health care workers. In 2017, 43.9% of physicians surveyed (2147 of 4893) exhibited at least one symptom of professional burnout,
according to a study whose authors work from Mayo, Stanford, and the AMA.* In “normal” situations, burnout is often brought on by exhaustion, a lack of work-life balance, increased work demands, and changes to the health care system.
But add a long-continuing pandemic to that, and burnout becomes even more likely. For roughly a year now, COVID-19 has amplified the normal triggers and added a variety of new stressors to health care’s already high-demand working environment. “Some say ‘we’re all in the same boat,’” explained Associate
Dean for Faculty Affairs at the UAMS College of Medicine Erick Messias, MD, MPH, Ph.D. “Some correctly say, ‘we’re all in the same storm, but in different boats.’