Pandemic-era burnout: How physicians manage crushing workloads and IT demands

To see all of the feature stories in the Burnout in the Age of COVID-19 series, click here.

When the subject of burnout in healthcare is raised, perhaps the highest profile victim is the physician. Without doubt, they are under a lot of stress – especially during a pandemic where they are regularly making life and death decisions.

But it’s not just the huge workload that COVID-19 has brought with it, and the sometimes terrible decisions that must be made. It’s also routine stressors like administrative work and the IT used to do it. IT can add stress, and it can also alleviate stress. It just depends on the application, how well it has been crafted to meet clinician needs, and whether physicians like it. Electronic health record systems are a usual suspect for stress, though they can help, too.

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