Research Highlights: Healthcare Professional Burnout During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238217

  • Healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the front ends of COVID-19 pandemic may face increased workload and stress.
  • It is important to understand the risk for burnout in HCPs.
  • It is also important to maintain the quality of healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The study conducted a cross-sectional survey to evaluate exposure, perceptions, workload, and burnout of HCPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • HCP’s self-assessment of burnout were the main outcomes and measures.
  • It was indicated by a single item measure of emotional exhaustion.
  • Other measures include experiences and attitudes related to working during the pandemic.
  • The study observed higher burnout rate than previously reported among HCPs working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The higher burnout rate is related to over-workload, job stress, time pressure, and little organizational support.
  • Actions from healthcare institution and other stakeholders could reduce present and future burnout among HCPs.
  • These actions should aim at potentially modifiable factors which includes additional training, organizational support, family support, personal protective equipment, and mental health services.

Source:

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238217


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Keywords: covid-19 pandemic, pandemic burnout, pandemic stress, pandemic overwork, stress during covid-19, burnout healthcare professional, work stress, work overload, covid-19 stress

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