Anchor lead: Even as the pandemic slows down, clinicians are wearier than ever, Elizabeth Tracey reports
Long shifts at the hospital, constantly wearing personal protective equipment, worrying about whether you might bring home Covid-19 to family and friends, and high rates of death. Many studies are pointing to these factors as important in the high rate of clinician burnout, with loss of experienced people from medicine. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, comments.
Davidson: This is not a new problem. We know the National Academies of Medicine have had a strategic focus on clinician burnout. It’s been really exacerbated during Covid-19. All the pandemic has done apart from the devastation has laid wide open the cracks in our society, in our institutions, and I would also say particularly within healthcare it’s identified frailties but opportunities. :28
Davidson says the pandemic has given us the chance to look closely at our healthcare system and implement changes to support those who have chosen medicine as a profession. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.