‘We must act’: Physician burnout reaches ‘crisis levels’ in COVID-19 aftermath

On Oct. 24, 2023, Debra Houry, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and deputy director for program and science at the CDC, issued a grim warning to members of the media: Burnout among health care workers “has reached crisis levels.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic only intensified many health workers’ long-standing challenges and contributed to new and worsening concerns including compassion, fatigue, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and suicidal thoughts,” Houry said during a CDC press briefing. “While usually health workers care diligently for others in

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