New Survey Shows Up to 47% of US Healthcare Workers Plan to Leave Their Jobs by 2025

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered wave after wave of challenges and feelings of burnout for healthcare workers in the United States, and unless changes are made to the industry, nearly half expect to leave their current jobs, according to a new report examining the work environment and the industry. future for clinicians.

Elsevier Health, a provider of information solutions for science, health and technology professionals, has produced its first global ‘Clinician of the Future’ report. He revealed current issues, predictions for the future, and how the industry can come together to fill the gaps. .

Dr. Charles Alessi, Clinical Director of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), said: “As a practicing physician, I am acutely aware of the challenges that clinicians today face in their efforts to care for the patients. Alessi continued: “This comprehensive report from Elsevier Health offers the industry an opportunity to listen and act on critical advice from those on the front lines. I welcome this important initiative and look forward to the next steps to support our doctors and nurses.

In new report from Elsevier Health, released two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of doctors and nurses around the world revealed what is needed to close the gaps and sustain the healthcare system current. The full ‘Clinician of the Future’ report was produced in partnership with Ipsos and revealed how undervalued doctors and nurses feel, as well as their call for urgent support, such as more professional training, especially in effective use of health data and technology. preserve the patient-doctor relationship in a changing digital world and recruit more healthcare professionals in the field. The multiphase research report includes not only where the healthcare system is tracking the Covid-19 pandemic, but where it needs to be 10 years from now to ensure the future providers and patients deserve.

Jan Herzhoff, President of Elsevier Health, said, “Doctors and nurses play a vital role in the health and well-being of our society. Ensuring they are heard will allow them to get the support they need to provide better patient care during these difficult times. Herzhoff added, “We need to start shifting the conversation away from today’s health issues to offer solutions that will help improve patient outcomes. In our research, they were clear about where they need support; we must act now to protect, equip and inspire the clinician of tomorrow.

There has never been more need for the voice of health professionals to be heard. The global study found that 71% of doctors and 68% of nurses believe their jobs have changed significantly over the past 10 years, with many saying their jobs have deteriorated.

The “Clinician of the Future” report includes a quantitative global survey, qualitative interviews and panel discussions with nearly 3,000 practicing physicians and nurses worldwide. The data helps shed light on the challenges affecting the profession today and predict what healthcare will look like in the next 10 years, according to those who provide critical patient care.

According to the report, 56% of respondents said there has been growing patient empowerment over the past 10 years as people take charge of their healthcare journey. When it comes to soft skills, 82% said it was important for them to be an active listener and empathize with the people they serve. Additionally, nearly half of clinicians cite the time allotted with patients as an issue, as only 51% believe the time allotted allows them to provide satisfactory care.

To ensure positive change moving forward and to address current gaps, clinicians highlight the following priority areas for better support:

  • Clinicians predict that over the next 10 years, “technological knowledge” will become their most valuable ability, ranking above “clinical knowledge”. In fact, 56% of clinicians predict that they will base most of their clinical decisions on tools that use artificial intelligence. However, 69% say they are overwhelmed by the current volume of data and 69% predict that the widespread use of digital health technologies will become an even more difficult burden in the future. As a result, 83% believe training needs to be redesigned to keep pace with technological advancements.
  • Clinicians predict a blended approach to healthcare, with 63% saying most consultations between clinicians and patients will be done remotely and 49% saying most healthcare will be done in the patient’s home rather than in a health facility. Although clinicians can save time and see more patients, through telehealth, more than half of clinicians believe telehealth will negatively impact their ability to empathize with patients they don’t see more in person. Therefore, clinicians are asking for guidance on when to use telehealth and how to transfer soft skills like empathy to the computer screen.
  • Clinicians worry about a global shortage of healthcare workers, with 74% predicting there will be a shortage of nurses and 68% predicting a shortage of doctors in 10 years. Perhaps that’s why clinicians around the world say a top priority for support is to increase the number of healthcare workers over the next decade. Clinicians need the support of larger, better-equipped teams and expanded multidisciplinary healthcare teams, such as data analysts, data security experts and scientists, as well as clinicians themselves.

“While we know that many nurses leave the profession due to burnout, we also know that the pandemic has inspired others to enter the field due to a strong desire for meaningful work,” said said Marion Broome, Ruby F. Wilson Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. “We need to welcome this new wave of healthcare professionals and make sure we set them up for success. Our future as a society depends on it.

To look forward

“Ultimately, we asked clinicians what they needed, and it’s now our responsibility as the healthcare industry to take action,” said Dr. Thomas “Tate” Erlinger, vice president. clinical analyzes at Elsevier Health. “Now is the time for bold thinking to serve the providers and patients of today and tomorrow. We need to find ways to give clinicians the enhanced skills and resources they need to better support and care for patients in the future. And we must close the gaps today to stop the drain of healthcare workers to ensure a strong system into the next decade and beyond.

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