TORONTO – Surveys from the Ontario Medical Association suggest that nearly three-quarters of physicians experienced at least some level of burnout when asked in 2021, up from 66 percent the year before.
The pair of surveys were conducted by the WCO burnout working group in March 2020 and March 2021.
The 2021 version received responses from 2,649 Ontario physicians, medical students, and residents, with burnout reported among 72.9% of responses.
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Nearly 35 percent reported persistent symptoms of exhaustion or feeling completely burned out in 2021, compared to 29 percent seen in the March 2020 survey, which was conducted when the COVID-19 pandemic was first hitting America. from North.
Dr. Adam Kassam, President of the OMA, says that physician burnout has always been a problem, but has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
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Long working hours and time-consuming tasks, including filling in documentation, are among the top reported reasons for burnout.
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Physician burnout has been associated with increased depression, substance use and suicidal thoughts, the OMA says, and can reduce productivity, increase turnover, and possibly decrease patient access to care.
The organization released a report on Wednesday saying that COVID-19 has reinforced the need to find solutions to burnout among physicians, not only for their well-being, but also to ensure “sufficient health care resources … to address the attention deficit. caused by the pandemic. “
The OMA report contains solutions to address burnout among physicians, such as reducing and simplifying documentation, supporting physicians well-being in their workplaces, and improving work-life balance through arrangements. flexible working.
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