Increasing number of health care workers experiencing burnout symptoms

November 11, 2021


A study just released in the Annals of Emergency Medicine looked at frontline health care workers in the emergency department and found a dangerous trend. Physicians, nurses and other staff are showing an increase in the physical symptoms of burnout. These include everything from a rise in their blood pressure to more cases of depression.

“The concepts behind it are that someone starts to feel more emotional exhaustion. They can feel cynical of their work and no longer find the same kind of professional accomplishment or feel like they’re doing the same kind of quality of care,” said Dr. Tracy Cummings, a psychiatrist at the Lindner Center of Hope.

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