The CDC’s plan for tackling health care worker burnout

Burnout has been a persistent problem for health care workers since before the pandemic, but it is an issue that continues to plague the beleaguered industry. Too often, the responsibility of avoiding burnout is left to workers, but a new campaign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking to change that. The recently announced Impact Wellbeing campaign from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation emphasizes the need for health system leaders to step in to address the root causes of health care burnout.

Why is burnout such a pressing issue for health care workers? 

The widespread burnout among health care workers is a crisis that predates the Covid-19 pandemic. But the problem has only gotten worse since then, according to a federal survey of American workers published in October by the CDC. Healthcare workers are feeling burned out more often than before the pandemic “while also struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression, sleep problems and harassment,” The New York Times summarized. 


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