• A survey of more than 3,000 U.S. physicians released this summer by Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit group, reported 4 percent said they wouldn’t return to work, fearing for their personal health, while more than a quarter (28 percent) admitted having “serious concerns” about catching covid-19. Nearly half (47 percent) described their anxiety as “moderate,” while about a fifth (21 percent) said they weren’t too worried about it.

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  • A Physicians Foundation survey released this month found that 58% of doctors now say they frequently experience burnout, up from 40% two years ago. Half of physicians during the pandemic have had feelings of “inappropriate anger, tearfulness or anxiety,” 30% report feelings of hopelessness, 8% say they have contemplated self-harm and 18% are drinking or using drugs more.

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  • Nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a colleague who committed suicide and 58% of physicians say they've shown symptoms of burnout, according to a new survey released Thursday by The Physicians Foundation.

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  • The suicide of New York emergency doctor Lorna Breen at the height of the city’s COVID pandemic was front-page news—and opened up a painful conversation about what we ask of our overworked first responders. Her still-grieving family hopes it can lead to widespread change in a professional culture often disinclined to take its own mental health seriously.

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  • When COVID-19 hit in March hospitals ended elective surgeries and people stopped going to the doctor for routine procedures. Even though things have begun to open up again, doctors offices are still struggling to make up the lost revenue.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to redesign how we care for patients in the wake of a dangerous and very contagious disease. Telemedicine and related forms of virtual care have increased access, improved quality, decreased cost, and opened the window for new technologies to support better care.

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