What do health professionals in Spain expect from 2022? Medscape in Spanish has prepared a brief survey among more than 350 medical professionals to assess their expectations for the year that begins after 2020 and 2021 that has cost their lives, according to data from medical colleges, to 122 health professionals and who have pushed almost a third to seek professional mental health care.
According to the survey data, 49% of Spanish health professionals are optimistic about the pandemic evolution. This data is striking considering that 2021 has been due to the different pandemic waves and the already endemic precarious health situation
public in Spain.
In fact, that 49% consider that the situation will improve next year, although there is a 38% who remain skeptical and predict for 2022 a situation similar to that of 2021. 12% are very pessimistic: the situation will get worse, they say.
The year 2021 has been especially difficult for Spanish doctors; many of them have been infected and have had to quarantine and others have been reinfected. This has involved, and is, significant pressure from staff, due to endless shifts and little rest, which has had an impact on their mental health.
A reflection of this battered mental health may be some of the data that can be extracted from the Medscape survey: 72% of the professionals surveyed fear a worsening of their working conditions (lack of staff, more stress and burnout syndrome, etc.) and 18% fear the appearance of new pandemic waves.
According to COVID19 Advisory Commission of
General Council of Official Medical Associations (CGCOM), there is enormous collective disillusionment that generates growing hostility.
The sixth wave in which we are immersed, they say, is causing enormous demoralization and fatigue in health centers and services. And, although in its genesis are irresponsible social behaviors that produce disenchantment and frustration, he points out, the praxis of governments that look the other way are present with more force, and have been leaving health institutions weakened, orphaned of resources and reforms .
CGCOM calls for the strengthening of infrastructures and staff and that the political discourse insists on appreciating the extra effort that health workers have been making for almost two years, increased in this sixth wave.
This is manifested in the responses of doctors regarding the question about wishes or hopes in the professional field for 2022. Un 70% (257 doctors) opted for greater government action to strengthen health systems, followed by 51% who suggest that they missed recognition of the work of doctors who hope and trust that it will be remedied in 2022.
What doctors do trust, according to the survey, is science. Thus, 45% hope that more effective treatments will be obtained against Covid-19 and 43% hope that there will finally be a pandemic stabilization.
Finally, it should be noted that more than one in four (26%) expect the new year to have greater efficacy and access to vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and another 19% believe that it may be an opportunity to modernize medicine, which will come hand in hand with artificial intelligence, electronic training and the robust implementation of telemedicine.