Burnout and Mental Health Issues Surge, CDC Warned

Burnout and Mental Health Issues Surge, CDC Warned

The CDC warned about the fact that burnout and mental health issues have surged and the health crisis continues. Check out the latest reports about the issue below.

CDC issues important warning about health crisis

According to a Vital Signs report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care workers are experiencing alarming levels of burnout, harassment, and mental health symptoms including suicidal thoughts.

This could potentially lead to critical staffing shortages, putting patient care at risk, especially at a time when the aging population needs it most.

Dr. Timothy Sullivan, chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, has warned that this could become a full-blown emergency if swift action is not taken. Despite the alarming situation, he lamented that there is no clear solution in sight.

According to a report by the CDC, healthcare workers have seen a surge of over 250 percent in work-related injuries and illnesses between 2019 and 2020.

For the analysis, the CDC compared mental health symptoms reported by 1,443 adult workers in 2018 and 1,952 in 2022, categorizing the respondents into three groups: healthcare workers, other essential workers, and all other workers. The study was led by Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

“Many of our nation’s health care systems are at their breaking point,” Dr. Chosewood said at a press conference. “Staffing crises, lack of supportive leadership, long hours of work, excessive demands, and inflexibilities in our nation’s health systems all must be addressed.”

COVID-19 has exacerbated various challenges faced by healthcare workers, as per recent reports.

Dr. Debra Houry, the CDC’s chief medical officer, stated that the pandemic has also led to the emergence of new and worsening concerns such as compassion fatigue, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, and suicidal thoughts.

Rada Mateescu

Passionate about freedom, truth, humanity, and subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years, and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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