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Burnout of Healthcare Workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Japanese Cross-Sectional Survey

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Department of General Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Okayama 7008558, Japan
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Department of Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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Center for Education in Medicine and Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Okayama 7008558, Japan
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Academic Editors: Andrea Fiorillo and Maurizio Pompili
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2434; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052434
Received: 7 February 2021 / Revised: 22 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published: 2 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19)
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic has drastically changed how we live and work. Amid the prolonged pandemic, burnout of the frontline healthcare professionals has become a significant concern. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study to provide data about the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalence of burnout in healthcare professionals in Japan. Healthcare workers in a single Japanese national university hospital participated in the survey, including basic demographics, whether a participant engaged in care of COVID-19 patients in the past 2 weeks and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Of those, 25.4% fully answered the survey; 33.3% were doctors and 63.6% were nurses, and 36.3% engaged in care of COVID-19 patients in the past 2 weeks. Compared to those belonging to General Medicine, those in Emergency Intensive Care Unit were at higher risk of burnout (odds ratio (OR), 6.7; 95% CI, 1.1–42.1; p = 0.031). Of those who engaged in care of COVID-19 patients, 50% reported burnout while 6.1% did not (OR 8.5, 95% CI; 1.3–54.1; p = 0.014). The burnout of healthcare workers is a significant concern amid the pandemic, which needs to be addressed for sustainable healthcare delivery. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); pandemic; burnout; prevention; healthcare delivery system; intention to leave coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); pandemic; burnout; prevention; healthcare delivery system; intention to leave
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Nishimura, Y.; Miyoshi, T.; Hagiya, H.; Kosaki, Y.; Otsuka, F. Burnout of Healthcare Workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Japanese Cross-Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2434. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052434

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Nishimura Y, Miyoshi T, Hagiya H, Kosaki Y, Otsuka F. Burnout of Healthcare Workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Japanese Cross-Sectional Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2434. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052434

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Nishimura, Yoshito, Tomoko Miyoshi, Hideharu Hagiya, Yoshinori Kosaki, and Fumio Otsuka. 2021. "Burnout of Healthcare Workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Japanese Cross-Sectional Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2434. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052434

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