CDC Releases Guide to Address Burnout in Healthcare

March 22, 2024
A new guide by the CDC provides a step-by-step process for hospitals to improve their employees’ well-being

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released guidelines to improve healthcare workers’ burnout. The announcement was made earlier this week, March 18. According to the press release, the guide is an addition to the Impact Wellbeing™ Campaign, launched in October 2023.

The guide outlines a “step-by-step process for hospitals to start making organizational-level changes that will impact and improve the mental health of their employees,” according to the press release.

“The role of healthcare workers in taking care of all of us is absolutely vital to our society, to our economy, and to our culture. But our healthcare workforce needs to feel supported, too,” said John Howard, MD, Director of NIOSH, in a statement. Healthcare workers face a mental health crisis and decide to exit the workforce early, according to a report from the CDC from October 2023.

Starting in late April, the CDC/NIOSH will conduct webinars to educate hospital leaders on the different sections of the guidelines before they implement them.

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