Physician burnout is a safety risk

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Doctors burn out just like the rest of us — but with much more dire consequences. A new study published yesterday in Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds that physician burnout is rampant, and contributes to major medical errors.

By the numbers: In the survey of more than 6,500 doctors …

  • 54% reported symptoms of burnout, including 33% who reported “excess fatigue” and 7% who reported having suicidal thoughts.
  • 10% said they had committed a major error in the previous three months.
  • Doctors who reported a major medical error were more likely to also report feeling burned out

 

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