More burnout among pregnancy, newborn care providers during
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Medical professionals who care for pregnant women and newborns experienced greatly increased rates of burnout during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a small study by researchers. The results were published in the Journal of Perinatology.

The study's purpose was to assess maternal and neonatal healthcare workers' (HCWs) perspectives on well-being and patient safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anonymous survey of HCW well-being, burnout, and patient safety over the prior conducted in June 2020. Results were analyzed by job position and burnout status.

Investigators analyzed 288 fully completed surveys. In total, 66% of respondents reported symptoms of burnout and 73% felt burnout among their co-workers had significantly increased. Workplace strategies to address HCW well-being were judged by 34% as sufficient. HCWs who were “burned out” reported significantly worse well-being and patient safety attributes. Compared to physicians, nurses reported higher rates of unprofessional behavior and difficulty focusing on work.

Conclusively, three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, HCW's well-being was substantially compromised, with negative ramifications for patient safety.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-021-01014-9
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