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This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a guide meant to assist hospitals and provider organizations in reducing healthcare worker burnout. It offers step-by-step organizational-level actions that take into account the time, cost, and staff requirements necessary to implement new programs. CDC/NIOSH is hosting a webinar series next month to offer more insight on the application of the guide’s suggestions. The pilot-tested actions outlined in the guide include initiatives such as building a dedicated team to support professional wellbeing and developing a suite of communication tools to share program updates.

Solutions might be hard to come by: CDC found that 46% of healthcare workers feel burnout often, and the idea of burnout is universal among all types of provider organizations. Whether this CDC program that leverages input from line-level workers will have any impact remains to be seen. Other culprits in the burnout continuum far more difficult to address include the lack of qualified clinicians to fill open roles, the accelerated pressure on margins, and the country’s shifting demographics that are driving up demand for care services.

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CDC Releases Guide For Reducing Burnout