December 13, 2021

COVID-19 surpasses EHRs as cause of physician, nurse burnout

Editor's Note

A new KLAS Research report finds that COVID-19 has surpassed electronic health records (EHRs) as a primary source of clinician burnout, the December 7 EHR Intelligence reports.

The report also finds that nurses have different sources of burnout than physicians since the start of the pandemic:

  • After-hours workloads are a stronger driver of burnout in nurses.
  • A stressful work environment is driving burnout in physicians.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of nurses who say they are likely to leave their organizations within the next 2 years has increased, and this increase has worsened in the last 6 months, going from about 20% to 25%.

Before COVID-19, the percentage of all clinicians reporting some degree of burnout was consistently around 25%, but now it has climbed to about one-third, the report says.

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