Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238217
- Healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the front ends of COVID-19 pandemic may face increased workload and stress.
- It is important to understand the risk for burnout in HCPs.
- It is also important to maintain the quality of healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic.
- The study conducted a cross-sectional survey to evaluate exposure, perceptions, workload, and burnout of HCPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- HCP’s self-assessment of burnout were the main outcomes and measures.
- It was indicated by a single item measure of emotional exhaustion.
- Other measures include experiences and attitudes related to working during the pandemic.
- The study observed higher burnout rate than previously reported among HCPs working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The higher burnout rate is related to over-workload, job stress, time pressure, and little organizational support.
- Actions from healthcare institution and other stakeholders could reduce present and future burnout among HCPs.
- These actions should aim at potentially modifiable factors which includes additional training, organizational support, family support, personal protective equipment, and mental health services.