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Physician Burnout & Moral Injury: The Hidden Health Care Crisis

Physician Burnout & Moral Injury: The Hidden Health Care Crisis

The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) released data on depression, burnout and moral injury for a growing number of physicians. More than 70 percent of physicians say they are experiencing burnout, which takes a toll on their health and quality of life, not to mention the impact it has on their patients.

The seemingly endless intensity of work, the mounting death totals and the indifferent attitudes many Americans display toward COVID safety precautions has caused depression, burnout and moral injury for a growing number of physicians. Physician burnout started long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has greatly caused the crisis. More than 70 percent of physicians say they are experiencing burnout, which takes a toll on their health and quality of life, not to mention the impact it has on their patients. Some experts have predicted that if left unaddressed, burnout will further erode the mental health of physicians and undermine patient care and the health care system.

This infographic explores physician burnout and moral injury both before and during COVID-19, top causes for burnout, the mental health stigma that still exists in the medical community, the impact for patients and the health care system, and what can be done to address this growing crisis.

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