A new Medcase study shows that within healthcare organizations, only 1 in 3 clinicians have had access to psychological debriefings for emotionally difficult cases.

TEL-AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medcase Health (Medcase), a global network of more than 12,000 healthcare professionals, surveyed more than 200 members of its global community of healthcare professionals to see how far we have come in meeting the needs, health and environment of work of practicing clinicians.

The survey focused on the well-being of clinicians and the working conditions of healthcare professionals. This study comes at a crucial time when the healthcare industry continues to face an unprecedented rate of clinician shortages. Are healthcare facilities meeting the basic needs of today’s healthcare providers?

From the sample, Medcase collected data to uncover how working conditions affect providers’ health and well-being. The results of the study showed that nearly 51% of respondents felt they did not drink enough water at work and 63.08% did not take their break time at work. Additionally, 38.35% said they were unable to use the bathroom when needed.

Other notable findings revealed that healthcare jobs can have a significant impact on a person’s personal life. Only 1 in 2 clinicians take all their annual leave days under contract, while up to 50.7% would not feel comfortable requesting additional leave for personal reasons. More shockingly, only 23.7% said their workplace offered debriefing sessions for emotionally difficult cases.

In a workforce where burnout is rampant, time off is essential to ensure healthcare providers can continue to do their jobs long-term while remaining diligent and patient. It is worrying that no additional resources are given given the high stress environment of this industry. Burnout levels are at an all-time high and the lack of emotional support can play a major role in this phenomenon. Evidence shows that debriefing is key to reducing psychological harm to individuals and acts as an excellent platform to prevent and initiate positive culture change and reduce untoward incidents.

Conversely, 72.6% of providers rate their interpersonal relationships and support from colleagues as excellent. Support and camaraderie in a healthcare environment is crucial and a huge boost to the morale of all healthcare professionals during a difficult shift.

It appears that a job in the health field also has a significant impact on personal life. Only 1 in 2 clinicians take all their annual leave days under contract, while up to 50.7% would not feel comfortable requesting additional leave for personal reasons. Again, in a workforce where burnout is rampant, time off is critical to ensuring healthcare providers can continue to do their jobs long-term while remaining diligent and patient. .

Rebecca Brindza, Healthcare Professional Community Manager at Medcase, said, “For many years, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have been concerned about their extremely stressful work environments. part of the expected nature of healthcare facilities.However, statistics show that providers’ basic needs and emotional well-being take a back seat.This lack of support is concerning, given that healthcare professionals have to put themselves aside to help their patients to the best of their ability and judgment, even with moderate to moderate experience.With increasing shortages of healthcare professionals around the world, healthcare organizations need to prioritize and respond seriously these concerns for the well-being of their physicians and patients.

A sample of 279 health care providers in the Medcase network who are currently practicing responded to an online convenience sampling survey. The study was conducted from September to October 2022 and includes a 5% margin of error using a 90% confidence level.

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