According to a study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, at least 45.8 percent of physicians – no matter what the specialty – suffer from at least one symptom of burnout. What makes these findings so concerning is that other studies have linked physician burnout to decreased quality of care and an increased incidence of medical errors.
According to the study, 37.9 percent of doctors surveyed reported high emotional exhaustion, while 29.4 percent indicated feelings of depersonalization and 12.4 percent felt a low sense of personal accomplishment. The highest burnout rates were discovered in those doctors working in general internal medicine, neurology and family medicine. Physicians working in pathology, dermatology, general pediatrics and preventative medicine reported the lowest burnout rates.
The authors of the study believe that more research is necessary to gain a better understanding of the problems that physician burnout presents to patients throughout the United States. With more research, it may be possible to reduce the risk of suffering injury from a medical error.
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