About Burnout

The risk of burnout among healthcare professionals was already high before COVID-19, and the crisis has only exacerbated its prevalence. This series of articles is designed to provide some background on burnout, explain what it is, and increase our self-awareness. As a collective of healthcare professionals going through such unprecedented times, we can help each other through this. 

What Is Burnout?

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Busy health professionals need to look out for burnout. Notoriously difficult to assess, and often dismissed as tiredness or disaffection, burnout can, by slow degrees, erode wellbeing, undermine confidence and ability and destroy job satisfaction and personal relationships. Its prevalence is also hard to measure, but among physicians and healthcare workers, risks of developing burnout are significant.

Prevalence of Burnout

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Healthcare professionals in medical facilities, hospitals, clinics, and other health-related services are experiencing dangerous rates of burnout. The statistics are not always clear, though the lived experience is real.

Reading The Signs:  Early Action Against Burnout

Young doctor being exhausted in the office room.

Left unchecked, burnout can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships, job performance and career opportunities.  In order to catch burnout, early recognition, and seeking support can be life changing.  Find out more about the benefits of taking action early.

It’s OK to Seek Support

Young doctor being exhausted in the office room.

Seeking support early can reduce suffering and reduce progression into chronic exhaustion and stress.  Find out from this article why medical professionals delay seeking help and the importance of self-awareness to recognise and acknowledge what is happening.