New survey highlights increased burnout among physicians during the pandemic
Nearly two-thirds of doctors who responded to a new survey on physician mental health reported burnout, a 20% increase since 2018. This latest survey from The Physicians Foundation polled more than 2,500 U.S. physicians between the end of May and early June 2021. The vast majority of physicians reported being impacted by Covid-19, with many experiencing a reduction in income. When it comes to the pandemic’s impact on their mental health, more than half said they felt inappropriately angry, tearful, or anxious thinking about Covid-19. Nearly half have withdrawn or isolated themselves from others and almost a third reported feeling hopeless. Only 1 in 7 physicians said they have sought medical help for their mental health, while 1 in 5 said they know someone who has considered, attempted, or died by suicide in the wake of the pandemic.