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Studies show burnout ran rampant in health care prior to the pandemic. Now it's a full-blown crisis. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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The Toll Of Burnout On Medical Workers — And Their Patients

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Matthew Crecelius, a traveling contract nurse who has worked in a dozen hospitals since the pandemic began, says that he can recall numerous instances where health care worker burnout has had a direct impact on patient care. Elaine Cromie for NPR hide caption

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused routine and life-saving procedures for patients with cancer to be sidelined and delayed. Postponed chemotherapy is sometimes part of the hold-up, with clinics able to handle fewer patients safely each day. Harry Sieplinga/Getty Images hide caption

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For Cancer Patients, Anguish Grows Over Deferred Surgery As Risk Rises

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Dr. Abdul Subhan, a psychiatrist, at Meridian Health Services in Indiana, connects with patients over the Internet. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Telepsychiatry Helps Recruitment And Patient Care In Rural Areas

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