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Burnout as a global problem for primary care physicians

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Commonwealth Fund posts results of international survey of 10 developed countries.

For primary care physicians, burnout was a problem that got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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That experience was not limited to the United States. Doctors in nine other developed nations reported pandemic conditions affected their work and contributed to stress and burnout in the last few years.

The Commonwealth Fund published “Stressed Out and Burned Out: The Global Primary Care Crisis,” results from a survey of 9,526 physicians in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, from February to September this year.

Here are some report highlights about how COVID-19 turned a bad situation worse for physician burnout. In this survey, younger physicians were those under 55 years of age and older physicians were age 55 years or older.

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