May Physician Trends

doctor burnt out


Paxlovid discussion continued to grow in May. Many physicians reported on the COVID "rebound" after completing the course of Paxlovid.  This Week in Virology, a podcast which is very popular among medical professionals, reviewed Pfizer's Phase 2/3 Paxlovid study and data on infection relapse following suppression by Paxlovid.  We'll continue to monitor the evolution of HCPs' Paxlovid conversation as its availability and usage grows.

Despite the rising volume of Paxlovid discussion, overall COVID discussion among health care professionals declined in May to <3%, the lowest percentage of conversation since we've been tracking (January 2021).


Burnt Out Doctors


Health care professionals have born much of the brunt of the COVID pandemic at significant risks and costs to their well-being. Throughout the pandemic, HCPs' conversations about "burn out" rise and fall with average COVID hospitalization rates. At the height of hospitalizations during the omicron surge, hundreds of HCPs engaged in a physician-authored conversation "How do you think the collapse of the healthcare system will end?", on Reddit’s community for medical professionals. Many HCPs have left, or contemplate leaving, the profession and are increasingly frustrated with the state of the health care system.


Eosinophilic Esophagitis

A rare disease became a hot topic in May, when HCP discussion of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) shot up to record highs. 

Three forces combined to form a perfect storm of EoE excitement:

  1. National Eosinophil Awareness week, from May 16-20
  2. The annual Digestive Disease Week conference, which met in-person for the first time since 2019
  3. FDA approval of Regeneron and Sanofi's Dupixent (dupilumab) as a treatment for EoE in adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older
GI doctors drove 72% of EoE discussion in May, while Allergist-Immunologists added another 19%.   Gastros drove 36% of dupilumab conversation, while Allergist-Immunologists contributed 34%.




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