Many people in New York City may feel burned out at work now and then. Generally this burnout mainly affects the employee who may need to take some time at work or switch careers. However, when a doctor is burned out at work they can make medical mistakes that can seriously harm a patient.
Doctor burnout can lead to medical mistakes
According to one study, physicians who reported workplace burnout were two times as likely to have made a medical mistake in the past three months. The study examined 6,880 doctors in the U.S. The study found that 10.5% of doctors reported making a major medical error in the past three months. These mistakes included errors in judgment, misdiagnoses and technical errors.
How do these mistakes affect patients?
The study found a variety of results regarding how these medical mistakes affected patients. Over 50% of these mistakes did not seriously affect the patient. However, in 5.3% of cases, a patent suffered “significant permanent morbidity and in 4.5% of the cases the patient passed away.
Does the study prove causality?
It is important to note that this study does not necessarily show causality. While physician burnout likely contributes to medica mistakes, these mistakes in turn can lead to physician burnout. In the end, those who were harmed by a medical mistake made by a burned-out physician may want to learn more about their rights, including whether it is possible to seek compensation for the damages they suffered.