According to a study, health workers are more likely than before the Covid-19 epidemic to experience burnout, as well as anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and harassment.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on Tuesday.
The results provide a rare look at worker morale both before and after the height of the pandemic.
The study compared data between 2018 and 2022, and revealed a severe staffing crisis within the health care workforce, which struggled to cope with the pandemic despite long hours and high turnover.
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In an interview with Dr. Debra Hhoury, chief medical officer of the C.D.C. on Tuesday, she said, 'We knew many hospitals were understaffed and that health care workers are burning out.' 'I believe Covid escalated this, and I just think that really strained the systems.'
Health care workers, compared with other groups, reported a significant jump in the number of days they had poor mental health, from 3.3 to 4.5 by 2022.
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Researchers at the federal level tracked self-reported symptoms of mental illness among over a thousand adults workers between 2018 and 2022. This included 226 workers from the health care sector in 2018 as well as 325 workers in 2022.
Health care workers, compared to other groups, reported a significant jump in bad mental health days the month before, from 3.3, in 2018, to 4.5, in 2022. Last year, less than 30% of health care workers described themselves as extremely happy. This is a decrease from 2018. More than one third of health workers reported having symptoms of depression. Over half of them had anxiety symptoms.
The percentage of workers in the health care industry reporting harassment at work has more than doubled since 2018.
Rumay Alexander, a nursing professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who advises the American Nurses Association, said that hospitals and other health care institutions are microcosms of the society. "Whatever happens in the world, it will affect our health care facilities."
Researchers found that nearly half of the health care workers who were surveyed indicated they are somewhat or very likely looking for new jobs. This is a worrying sign for providers who already struggle to retain staff. This statistic, according to Dr. Houry, stood out more than others in the survey.
The survey found that burnout was less likely to occur if supervisors helped health workers, if they had time to complete their tasks and if they trusted management.
Experts say that efforts made by medical institutions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their employees have been at best uneven.
Dr. Amy Locke is the Chief Wellness Officer at University of Utah Health. She said that many medical workers are underpaid and vulnerable to overwork, especially in an environment with low staffing levels and high financial and moral pressures.
You get the mentality that, Oh, I'm capable of doing it. I can do it myself. She said, "I can do it because I know people count on me."
Dr. Locke received a grant from the University of Pennsylvania.
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The financial pressures placed on healthcare providers are even higher now than they were before Covid. She said that it is difficult for a healthcare system to invest a large amount of money in its employees when they need to pay the bills.
Burnout due to work conditions has been documented.
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Katie Carroll, an RN at a New Brunswick hospital, N.J. said that ten nurses had left her unit in the past two years, or about half the nursing staff. She said, 'You are so frazzled with your mind, that you can make more mistakes because of all the things on your plate.'
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They have also suffered. Scott Lockard said that the 130 employees of the Kentucky River District Health Department who earn an average of 23 dollars an hour were working hard to regain their energy and focus.
The department held a celebration for its staff in a local park over the summer. He said that they had done activities around the mission, vision and values to re-establish themselves. "So that people understand why we do what we are doing."