Burnout and long COVID among the UK nephrology workforce: results from a national survey investigating the impact of COVID-19 on working lives

UK Renal SpR Club and UK Kidney Association, Haresh Selvaskandan, Ailish Nimmo, Manuela Savino, Sarah Afuwape, Sarah Brand, Matthew Graham-Brown, James Medcalf, Paul Cockwell, Hannah Beckwith

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Background
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is placing a significant strain on healthcare. We conducted a national survey of the UK nephrology workforce to understand its impacts on their working lives.

Methods
An online questionnaire incorporating the Maslach Burnout Inventory score was distributed between 31 March and 1 May 2021, with a focus on COVID-19 and long COVID incidence, vaccine uptake, burnout and working patterns. Data were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively; multivariable logistic regression was used to identify associations.

Results
A total of 423 responses were received. Of them, 29% had contracted COVID-19, which was more common among doctors and nurses {odds ratio [OR] 2.18 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.13–4.22]} and those
Conclusions
Burnout and long COVID is prevalent with impacts on working lives. Some groups are more at risk. Vaccination uptake is high and remote and flexible working were well received. Institutional interventions are needed to prevent workforce attrition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517–526
JournalClin Kidney J
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date13 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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