Supporting Clinicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has upended clinicians’ sense of order and control. Such disruption may lead to substantial stress in the short term and higher risk for burnout over the long term. While natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, demonstrated the effectiveness of short-term emergency planning, the COVID-19 pandemic poses unique long-term stressors and risks to clinicians’ physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Leaders and front-line clinicians need to proactively protect the well-being of themselves and their colleagues to avoid adverse outcomes for clinicians and adverse effects on quality of patient care. Practical suggestions are provided to encourage a culture that will sustain the clinician workforce during the pandemic. Regardless of practice location or size, everyone must commit to supporting the well-being of those involved in patient care.

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