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Don’t blame the pandemic: Healthcare burnout predates it

After the pandemic ends, healthcare leaders may feel tempted to take the easy route and blame all the problems on the pandemic, including burnout. However, it’s not that simple. Of the physicians experiencing burnout, 79% said their condition began before the pandemic started.

Julie O'Shaughnessy, CHE, CPHQ, is the managing director at Huron Consulting Group and has more than 30 years of hands-on healthcare industry experience. She says that the high burnout rate can’t solely be blamed on increased pandemic workloads, but that it’s also “reflective of a myriad of inefficient systems and processes that can impact a healthcare provider’s well-being.”

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