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April 7, 2021

Six key statistics: Shining a spotlight on provider burnout for World Health Day

Each year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) marks World Health Day, with special focus on mental health, maternal and child care, and the impacts of climate change on patient populations. This year, we want to mark World Health Day by shining a spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of our clinical workforce. 94% of health executives are focused on improving the clinician experience in 2021, according to one report—and for good reason. While COVID-19 certainly added to the emotional and physical burden placed on clinicians, nearly 80 percent of those who report burnout say those feelings started before the pandemic.

The wellbeing of our providers impacts not only their overall satisfaction and longevity, it directly impacts the quality of care they are able to deliver to patients. Beyond the ethical concerns, burnout carries significant financial risk for healthcare systems as well.

To demonstrate the true cost of provider burnout, we gathered 6 key statistics from various sources. What we found is staggering.

We often refer to clinicians as superheroes, especially over the past year. And they deserve it. But as we reflect on World Health Day, it’s important for us to remember that doctors, advanced practitioners, nurses, and other clinical staff are human. The emotional toll of providing care is wearing on their mental health. And that comes with very real costs.

Join us as we continue to shine a spotlight on the emotional and financial burden of provider burnout, along with solutions and best practices to improve clinician wellbeing over the coming months.

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