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Burnout Hits Cardiology Clinicians Hard Amid COVID-19

Cardiovascular clinicians were one of many physician groups and healthcare staff working directly with the sickest COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. Because of this, cardiovascular clinicians across the country are experiencing higher than normal burnout—nearly doubling when comparing pre-to-peak COVID-19 levels.

According to results from a new survey presented at the American College of Cardiology's 70th Annual Scientific Session, burnout increased from 20 percent to 38 percent during the height of the pandemic. The study also found that one out of five cardiovascular clinicians reported not having adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). The rate of burnout was higher in this group.

Although cardiovascular burnout has trended on the higher side in the past, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the phenomena.

Other COVID-19 related findings from the study included:

  • 17% of clinicians plan to reduce their clinical work hours

  • 12% plan to leave their current practice

  • 11% plan to retire

  • 41% reported that their salary had been reduced to some degree

Clinician wellbeing is critical to reducing burnout. Physicians who find a balance and flexibility in the workplace experience less burnout. Hyr Medical provides a new way for physicians to design a lifestyle that will reduce burnout and increase freedom.

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