It may help case managers identify obstacles and problems for patients who are serving or have served in the military if they view this service as a social determinant of health, a researcher suggests. Veterans struggle with many of the same social determinants of health as non-veterans, including housing instability, gambling, substance use, depression, food insecurity, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A new survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians, conducted in October, revealed that 87% of emergency physicians say they are more stressed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 72% report experiencing more professional burnout.
Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers who treated patients during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may experience post-traumatic stress disorder or similar aftereffects that could threaten patient safety and quality of care if not adequately addressed, according to experts who study the lasting effects of trauma.
A doctor who talked herself off the ledge — literally
June 4, 2020
Lynette Charity, MD, a board-certified physician and anesthesiologist, was on the ledge of a bridge ready to jump to her death. She measured the distance and the rate of fall in her mind, hoping she would hit a rock rather than drown. That was 22 years ago. Today, she is a public speaker and stand-up comic, using humor to address burnout and suicide among healthcare workers.
The extreme stress brought on by the healthcare industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted what should always be a concern: the need to care for the psychological well-being of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers.
There are physicians who support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (also known as physician-assisted death or aid-in-dying), but they may have different feelings about actually practicing it themselves. Sixty percent of U.S. physicians believe physician-assisted suicide should be legal, according to the results of a recent study. Yet of that group, only 13% indicated they would be willing to perform the practice if it were legal.