ONTARIO DOCTOR BURN OUT GROWING

Jan 21, 2022

By Christine Ross

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A new study suggests Ontario Doctors are suffering burn out in greater numbers.

The annual rate of outpatient mental health and substance use visits by physicians increased almost 30 per cent in the first year of the COVID crisis.

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart says it shows how health-care disruptions are impacting doctors ability to take care of themselves, and by extension, their patients.

“Mental health and physical health can no longer be viewed as two separate things and we need both aspects of our health to be on point to be healthy and that’s true for physicians as well,” said Dr. Smart.

 

The paper finds there were over 1,038 visits for support per one-thousand doctors in the first year of the pandemic, up from 817 visits the previous year.

The paper is published in JAMA Network Open

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