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The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on dermatologist burnout: a survey study


Burnout in dermatology is on the rise, with 36% of U.S. dermatologists experiencing burnout in 2020. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may exacerbate this problem with healthcare workers reporting increased anxiety, depression, and insomnia. To assess the rate, severity, and causes of burnout before and during the pandemic, a survey was sent to academic dermatologists through the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD) listserv and compared to a similar survey administered to the same population prior to the pandemic. Burnout rates have increased from 2018, with 53% of participants experiencing burnout once a week or more and 17% experiencing burnout daily during the pandemic. The most common COVID-related burnout factors involve uncertainty about the future, teledermatology, fear of exposing loved ones to COVID-19, and compensation reduction. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic compound existing burnout within dermatology, warranting consideration by academic institutions.

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