Physicians sought more mental health-care help during the pandemic: study

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There was a large boost in online psychological supports for doctors early in 2020 that researchers think made it easier for doctors to book appointments and keep them private. Photo: Pexels


(Avis Favaro/ CTV News) — The first year of the pandemic saw more Ontario doctors seeking medical help for burnout and substance abuse, according to a new study.

Using a database in Ontario, researchers collected anonymous data on 34,000 practicing physicians who had 50,000 mental health visits over the first year of the pandemic.

According to the details of the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open on Friday, there were 27 per cent more visits for mental health support in the first year of the pandemic when compared to 2019. (…)

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