Americans Concerned About Clinician Burnout

Most survey respondents believe burnout is tied to lower quality of care

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans are concerned about burnout among their clinicians, according to a survey released June 17 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The online survey, conducted by The Harris Poll from May 28 to 30, 2019, included 2,007 U.S. adults ≥18 years.

The survey revealed that most Americans are aware of the issue of clinician burnout and most (80 percent) believe that quality of care suffers as a result of burnout. Respondents believe they can tell when a professional is burned out based on signs of tiredness or exhaustion (60 percent) or seeming rushed/like they do not have time for their patients (56 percent). Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) report they would avoid asking questions if they thought their doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other health care professional appeared burned out, because they would not want to add to their stress.

"Within the health care industry, we are working to help build a culture of resilience and well-being to ensure that no patient or clinician is harmed due to burnout," ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., said in a statement

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