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Study Finds Provider Fatigue and Burnout Contributes to Many Medical Mistakes

Fatigue and Burnout Contributes to Many Medical MistakesWorking in the medical field can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Every day, doctors, nurses, patient care assistants, and other medical providers see cases that do not have happy endings. Happy endings can take their toll as well since medical professionals often working long hours, which can slowly lead to burnout. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that doctors who are experiencing fatigue and burnout are much more likely to make serious medical mistakes than those who are not.

Study Claims Burnout Occurs in More Than Half of Doctors

While it may not be surprising, the medical field sees many physicians, nurses, and other specialists that experience burnout. Burnout is defined as a type of job stress that can mean physical, emotional and/or mental exhaustion, and depression or anxiety. Nearly 6,700 physicians were surveyed about medical errors, workplace safety, symptoms of burnout, fatigue, depression and suicidal thoughts. The study found that more than half (55 percent) of the doctors surveyed were experiencing symptoms of burnout, and 33 percent had high levels of fatigue.

Burnout Increases the Chance of Medical Mistakes

The study determined that medical errors were twice as prevalent for physicians experiencing symptoms of burnout, and 38 percent more likely to occur when a physician was experiencing extreme fatigue. In the survey, it was reported that over 10 percent of participating physicians had a medical error within the past three months. Researchers concluded that the number of medical errors reported were directly related to the level of burnout that physicians were experiencing. Though it is not known for sure, it is theorized that burnout and medical errors also have a cyclical relationship. Burnout causes medical errors, but medical errors can also contribute to physician burnout and depression.

Have You or a Loved One Suffered From a Medical Mistake? A San Jose, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help

In some way or form, all jobs can be stressful, but everyone must figure out ways to cope. If you have experienced a medical error because of the negligence of your provider, then you need the help and expertise of a Santa Clara County medical malpractice attorney. At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we have an in-depth understanding of medical malpractice cases and how to get you your rightful compensation. Call our office today at 408-289-1417 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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