My latest essay for Medecision’s Liberation site digs into the sobering statistics on clinical burnout across the medical professions. From doctors to nurses, physician assistants and other licensed allied health human capital, our health care providers are in a world of hurt.
This was initiated with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the public health crisis, Delta variant, and lack of universal precautions adopted by U.S. health citizens have exacerbated an already-challenging scenario for individual clinicians and the organizations with whom they work and collaborate.
But there’s an even bigger picture, and that’s the risk clinician burnout in its volume and depth exerts on the larger health care system, ecosystem, and patients’ outcomes.
I point to the tragic loss of Dr. Lorna Breen, who took her own life relatively early in the pandemic in 2020. A Foundation in her name offers several strategies to inform and inspire us to help be part of the solution to burnout in health care.