The medical profession is a highly revered field. Most people respect their doctor, which means that those doctors are instilled with a lot of trust. Yet, despite the education, training, and experience that these medical professionals posses, they often make mistakes that cause serious harm to their patients. While there are a variety of ways in which these medical errors can occur, one surprising cause is burnout in the medical profession.
The causes of burnout in the medical profession
Some studies have shown that more than 50% of clinicians experience burnout, but there isn’t just one contributing factor. Instead, a whole host of issues in the medical professional cause doctors and nurses to lose interests in their jobs. Amongst these issues are time restrains, an inability to control the pace of their work, the chaotic environment in which they work, the mandatory use of electronic health records, and even events in their personal lives like family responsibilities.
The effects of burnout
The effects of burnout can be enormous. One study found that at least a third of medical professional said they need at a minimum another 50% of their time just to be able to conduct appropriately thorough physical examinations. Another 25% needed a lot more time to appropriately conduct follow up appointments.
This lack of thorough care means that medical conditions, including serious diseases, can be misdiagnosed or missed altogether. Surgical errors can occur when attention wanes, and medication mistakes can slip by an inattentive doctor or nurse. These errors can cause serious harm to patients, leaving them with a worsened medical condition, a bad prognosis, a decrease in enjoyment of life, and a lot of other physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Holding errant medical professionals accountable
These injurious errors are entirely preventable, and those who commit them need to be held accountable. Burnout isn’t an excuse for a doctor or nurse to cause you avoidable harm. So, if you’ve been subjected to medical malpractice and suffered damages as a result, then it’s probably time for you to discuss your situation with an experienced legal professional. That way you’ll have a clearer sense of how to go about trying to find accountability and recover compensation for your damages.