One in 5 COVID-affected health workers weighs quitting: study

Alonzo Osche

More than one in five healthcare workers (21%) have at least moderately considered leaving the workforce and 30% have considered reducing hours because of COVID-19 stress, according to a study in JAMA Network Open today.

Unlike previous studies that have reported healthcare workers’ mental health burden during the pandemic, this survey-based study looks at childcare, career development prospects, and stress.

“Health systems must develop effective strategies to ensure that the workplace acknowledges and supports employees during this unprecedented time,” the researchers write, “not only within the work environment, but also in managing unanticipated childcare responsibilities due to lack of childcare

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