A survey of physicians published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings found a “dramatic” increase in burnout coinciding with lower satisfaction scores on work–life integration (WLI) 21 months into the COVID-19 pandemic compared with earlier periods. By 2021, 62.8% of physicians who participated admitted to at least one manifestation of burnout, compared with 38.2% in 2020. WLI fell from 46.1% in 2020 to 30.2% in 2021. Emotional exhaustion scores tracked along with those findings, increasing from a 2020 mean of 21.0 to a mean of 29.1 in 2021. This will come as no surprise to JUCM readers who may recall our article, The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Making Burnout Worse for Physicians Already In Crisis. Unfortunately, while the pandemic increased risk for and incidence of burnout, the problem predated the advent of COVID-19. To get a better understanding of the signs and symptoms, as well as how to support team members at risk, read Recognizing and Preventing Provider Burnout in Urgent Care in our archive.

Provider Burnout Grew as the Pandemic Dragged On. What Do We Do About It?