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Survey Shows the Impact of COVID-19 on the Health Care Workforce

July 27, 2020

Mental health issues and burnout in the health care field was a major concern before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. A recent survey placed a spotlight on the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on the health care workforce.

The survey, conducted during June, collected data from 940 health care professionals. The vast majority of independent physicians expressed concern about the future of their practices. Various key data points from the survey revealed other concerns, including:

  • 64 percent of health care job loss was directly linked to the impact of COVID-19 on their organization
  • 78 percent reported patients were canceling appointments due to fear of COVID-19 infections
  • 52 percent of clinicians reported experiencing increases in stress, burnout, or mental health issues

In Pennsylvania, steps have recently been taken to address the concerns of the health care workforce and mental health issues. The first being the release of the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan from the Office of Advocacy and Reform as part of the Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters. The plan is meant to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide about what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in Pennsylvania.

Additional steps toward addressing mental health concerns include Governor Wolf signing legislation to better support the stress management and mental health needs of first responders, including additional support to non-profit organizations in Pennsylvania that already provide mental health treatment programs.

For more information about HAP’s emergency management and preparedness services, please contact Scott Mickalonis, HAP’s vice president, emergency management