In a recent webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report, top health care leaders detailed the serious threat that burnout presents to the resiliency of hospitals and health systems. Across the nation, front-line workers have been challenged by ever higher levels of stress caused by systemic changes to care delivery and exacerbated by COVID-19.
Before the pandemic, physicians were at twice the risk for burnout compared to the general population, and about 40% of those surveyed reported depression and suicidal ideation, said Dr. Victor Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, during the webinar. Increases in patient volume, the demands of making health care more businesslike, the pressure of meeting more regulations and requirements and other factors have left providers feeling overwhelmed and with less time to spend one-on-one with patients, panelists noted.
Source: US News
Number of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in Europe as of November 29, 2021, by country
In late-November 2021, the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) was designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization due to fears about a higher transmissibility from the variant and a possible decrease in the effectiveness of vaccines against it.