(Source: https://www.reliasmedia.com/) Stress has long been a serious problem for physicians and nurses, but the added burden of COVID-19is bringing attention to a particular challenge: All too often, clinicians are reluctant to seek the support of their employee assistance programs (EAPs) and other mental health resources available to them.
A primary reason they avoid seeking help is that they fear they will face negative repercussions at work, even losing their jobs, according to recent research.
A survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) revealed 45% of emergency physicians do not feel comfortable seeking mental health treatment. Most emergency physicians(87%) said they have felt more stress since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, citing a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources as key reasons.
“These new data add real urgency to the need for emergency physicians, policymakers, and clinical leaders to work together to change our approach to mental health. Every healthcare professional, especially those on the frontlines of the pandemic, should be able to address their mental health without fear of judgment or consequences,”
Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP, said in a statement.
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