Survey: Majority of Americans concerned about healthcare worker burnout

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The issue of healthcare professional burnout is a major concern for 74% of Americans, according to a new survey released by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The survey, conducted online in May by The Harris Poll on behalf of ASHP, polled 2,000 U.S. adults. It found that 91% of respondents feel it is important that their physician, pharmacist, nurse, or other healthcare professional should do whatever is necessary to avoid burnout. Another 77% said that when they notice their clinician feeling burned out, they become concerned about their own care and safety.

Patients are aware of healthcare professional burnout, with 47% saying they would avoid asking questions if they thought their care provider appeared burned out so as not to add to the provider’s stress.

Source: ASHP