May 4, 2021
Many practitioners simply leave medicine. Before the pandemic, HHS predicted a shortage of up to 90,000 physicians by 2025. Absent immediate meaningful action, this number will surely be greater than the pre-pandemic estimate.
A recent survey found that 64% of U.S. physicians reported higher burnout since the pandemic started, 46% said they felt lonelier due to stay-at-home and social-distancing guidelines, 25% planned to retire because of their experiences treating COVID-19, and 12% stated intentions to leave medicine altogether. A recent poll from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that 73% of emergency department doctors were concerned about stigma seeking mental health support, with many reporting that kept them from seeking help.
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