Almost 400,000 people work in the healthcare sector throughout Switzerland, which represents about 8% of the working population. Healthcare workers are the main pillars of the Swiss healthcare system, which is among the best in the world in terms of access and quality.
Working in the healthcare sector is very taxing and physically and psychologically stressful. The high workload with shift work and overtime, the great responsibility, the increasing bureaucracy, and the constant pressure of efficiency and competition mean that less and less time is left for the actual care of patients. Consequently, almost half of the healthcare workforce is now leaving the profession.
Employees in healthcare professions are particularly often affected by psychological stress, which leads to symptoms such as sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, anxiety disorders, or burnout. They also exhibit increased rates of substance abuse.