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Health care professionals of all stripes were battling burnout and mental illness before the pandemic began, and Covid-19 has only made it worse. The struggles of physicians and nurses get the lion’s share of attention. One group left out of the news stories and conversations are clinical research workers.

Burnout in these individuals can lead to employee turnover and slow, inefficient clinical trials. Understanding why it happens can help make clinical trials faster, safer, and more effective. There’s also a spillover effect: taking care of clinical research staff helps research participants as well as doctors and nurses.

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