Soon study from the Medical Branch of the University of Texas (UTMB) revealed that burnout of doctors nationwide increases the incidence of early retirement and dropout rates.
“Data from the Welfare Index in 2021 show that the incidence of burnout of doctors is about 55%, with 52% of respondents reporting emotional lability, and a third of doctors reporting that they do not have enough time for personal or family life. which exacerbates the expected shortage of medical staff, the report said.
Identified in 1974 by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, “burnout” in the context of health care refers to the state of stress and pressure that health professionals experience as a result of work-related emotional and physical exhaustion.
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The study says the trend has adverse downstream effects on patients, doctors, trainees and healthcare organizations.
Burnout has a negative impact on patient satisfaction, medical supervision and errors, doctors’ productivity, access to patient care and administrative costs. The total annual cost of burnout among health care managers – specialists who monitor health services provided by a particular department or medical facility – is estimated at $ 300 billion, according to the report.
Nowhere is this impact felt more deeply in Texas than in rural communities. Currently, 40% of rural hospitals in Texas are vulnerable to closure, according to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a percentage that is among the highest in the nation.
Kelly Cheek, head of the department in West Texas Texas Rural Health Association (THRA) said the shortage of medical staff remains a top priority for the health of rural communities.
“We see that it is just a lack of manpower. We are losing individuals. “They come, they leave the workforce, in healthcare and they go to other areas, either by burning or just by various factors,” Cheek said.
“The pandemic strain on people leaving their profession altogether is one of the biggest challenges facing rural hospitals at the moment. … [Pandemic burnout] is a real struggle for these hospitals and clinics. “
Hospital administrators across the state are looking for a wide range of burnout programs and solutions for the workforce, examining the complex set of factors that cause burnout on an individual basis on a case-by-case basis.
In North Texas, hospitals work with staff to provide them with the support they need to stay productive, such as weekends, scheduled rotations, financial support, and more.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has partnered with more than 90 hospitals in North Texas and is involved in developing burnout programs for doctors and staff. He recently approved a bipartisan bill in the US Congress, seeking protection against violence in the workplace for health professionals. The bill was introduced earlier this month and remains under consideration in the House of Representatives committee.
DFWHC also focused on finding creative ways to attract younger people to fill the void of older workers who left the profession due to the pandemic, including easing visa restrictions for foreign workers, incorporating more technologies such as artificial intelligence into the system. to deliver and improve overall efficiency at the administrative level.
Stephen Love, CEO of DFWHC, said without softening that the labor shortage is expected to reach 3.2 million health professionals by 2026.
“There is [federal] a two-party Law on the Sustainability of the Healthcare Workforce, which deals with acceleration [prior] permits, “Love said. “It simply came to our notice then. This is not an easy decision. It’s just not like that. But I think when you look at the workforce, you have to look at “What are we doing now?” We’re trying to [create] culture of healing. We try to make people feel good. We are trying to deal with the burn. And then we try to learn creative ways to recruit staff, and also listen to the voice of the workforce. “
According to a research of physicians conducted by the American Medical Association, one-third of respondents reported that previous permits had led to delays, which had caused patients serious health problems.
Preliminary permits impose a tax on doctors who say documents are out of control. The average doctor now has to seek approval for dozens of prescriptions and medical services from insurers for the treatment of his patients, which is an administrative burden, contributes to burnout and medical practice costs rated $ 26.7 billion in time each year.
The chief surgeon of the United States exposed suggestions to support 35% to 54% of doctors and nurses and 45% to 60% of medical students and residents reporting symptoms of burns. He called on the people, health organizations, academic institutions, the government and others to help tackle the problem.
The Texas Medical Association introduced Physician Benevolent (PBF) and PBF Wellness Funds, support programs for doctors in need of financial and mental assistance. Through them, practitioners in Texas can receive financial support to treat conditions that impair their ability to practice medicine safely. Qualified doctors can also receive financial support to cover the cost of living for their family while undergoing treatment.
Regional Health Education Centers (AHEC), a national organization of training centers focused on improving the supply and distribution of health professionals through strategic partnerships, accommodates local trainees and graduates in rural health facilities.
One of his workplace development programs encourages young people who are interested in healthcare to stay and serve their communities. Education centers in the West Texas area have housed hundreds of interns and graduates in rural health facilities across the region and have observed positive levels of labor retention.
“The West Texas Education Center serves 105 counties in the state of Texas. Federal funding is matched to government dollars through university appropriations, “said Cheek, who also heads AHECs in West Texas. “AHECs are a really good resource and serve a really good purpose in terms of workforce development through certification programs. One of the things we are really working on is trying to introduce students to telemedicine and training equipment.
Telemedicine is something that people will start using more and more. It is essential that [that] these children can gain experience in using them [telemedicine] equipment and they can take it with them when they leave high school and pursue a career in healthcare. “