Health care workers’ mental health takes a toll amid pandemic

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Burnout is a reality among healthcare providers. More than half of all clinicians in one study reported symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress long before the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Faculty and staff at The Ohio State University have rushed production on a new series of videos that depict real life scenarios to help clinicians who are in distress and thinking of hurting themselves.

OSU College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk said the video series is paired with an online library of resources and highly warranted.

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“Even before the pandemic happened we had high rates of depression, stress and burnout now that the pandemic is here we're seeing even high rates,” Dr. Melnyk said.

Clinician burnout and its symptoms can lead to poor job performance and high turnover rates.

The issue is of concern for patients too with the risk of medical errors.

The United Nations and World Health Organization both recently addressed the growing impact of the pandemic on mental health and highlighted healthcare workers specifically as a vulnerable population.

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