KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: a conversation with the surgeon general about burnout of health workers

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The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on everyone, but those working in healthcare have suffered disproportionately, according to a new report from the office of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

And it’s not just workers who are at risk. “If left unchecked, the health worker burnout crisis will make it harder for patients to get care when they need it, increase health costs, hamper our ability to prepare for the next emergency in the world.” public health and health disparities are exacerbating,” the statement said. the report.

Murthy is the 21st Surgeon General—and also the 19th—to serve under President Barack Obama before being reappointed by President Joe Biden. In addition to working on the Covid pandemic, he has also assisted with advice on the medical responses to Ebola and Zika outbreaks. However, Murthy has a special interest in emotional health. While out of the office, he wrote a book on the epidemic of loneliness, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.”

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