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Already high levels of physician burnout climbed even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic as academic medical faculty faced increased demands on their time, both at work and at home, according to a new report.

The rate of burnout reached nearly 76 percent, and rates were higher among women and faculty early in their careers.

"When physicians experience burnout, they are not able to deliver the best care for patients and start to disengage from the health care community, which may lead academic physicians to leave the academy or community physicians to reduce hours or retire early," Sonia Anand, MD, PhD, the senior study author and a professor of medicine and epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, told Medscape Medical News. Head over to Medscape to read the full story.