TO THE EDITOR: Physicians experience burnout and anxiety in the course of their work. Public health emergencies may exacerbate burnout and anxiety. Recent research from China has found that anxiety among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic was disproportionately experienced by women (1). Previous studies consistently demonstrate higher levels of burnout among women (2). Scholars have emphasized the importance of investigating the experiences of women and mothers (3) because work-related and childcare disruptions from the pandemic may disproportionately affect women.
Linos, Elizabeth, Meghan C. Halley, Urmimala Sarkar, Christina Mangurian, Hala Sabry, Kristan Olazo, Kusum S. Mathews, Lisa Diamond, Monika K. Goyal, Eleni Linos, and Reshma Jagsi. "Anxiety Levels Among Physician Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The American Journal of Psychiatry, 178.2, February 1, 2021, 203-204.