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According to a study, women in health care experienced pandemic burnout than their male coworkers, with 49.4 percent of women admitting to experiencing burnout, while only 41.5 percent of men had the same feelings.

Source: KING 5/Youtube

Much of this could be linked to the fact that many women uphold more responsibilities. This includes household duties, family needs, and work. 39.3 percent of women also admitted to experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, while only 26.4 percent of men had the same issues.

Dr. Maritza Brown, a board-certified nephrologist, said, “Before the pandemic, I had some work-home balance and was beginning to experience some burnout, but this was magnified during the pandemic.”

Burnout in healthcare workers often results in people quitting as they feel trapped in their work, especially as healthcare requires a level of awareness and mental stamina.

Dr. Susan Hingle, an internal medicine physician at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the associate dean for human and organizational potential, said, “When the health care teams are burned out, there are more medical errors, lower patient satisfaction, poorer communication, and worse patient outcomes.”

These percentages show just how much expectation is put on women, whether they work in healthcare or not. Many are still expected to run a household and care for a family, as well as work regular full-time hours.

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