- Inpatient Telepsychiatry During COVID-19
- Ed Kaftarian, M.D.
- Videoconferencing ("Zoom") fatigue is due to spending most of the day on videoconferencing calls, and often makes people feel sluggish or disinterested in their meetings.
- Staring at a computer screen all day long can be tiring—whether it's videoconferencing or just working at the computer; however, videoconferencing fatigue involves a sense of always being "on" and performing for the camera. Constantly ensuring that you look and sound OK to the other party can be fatiguing.
- Dealing with technical difficulties—like poor internet connectivity or problems with the audio-video technology being used—also contribute.
- Reasons for fatigue cannot be wholly attributed to videoconferencing. Clinicians can also experience fatigue in a traditional care setting. Doing the same activity for many hours in a row can be exhausting, even if it’s something that you find interesting. Being in front of a camera all day without breaks may exacerbate this.
- Taking frequent short breaks between patients (get some fresh air, some exercise, or clear your mind) can help to refresh you and mitigate the effects of videoconferencing fatigue. Also, turn-off your self-view once you've established that you are appropriately represented on the patient's screen so that it does not preoccupy you during the session; but, check it periodically to ensure that it is still a high-quality image.