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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.