Doctors have a very strenuous job – however, their job is also extremely important to the well-being of the people they treat. Many physicians report feeling stressed and burned out as a result of their profession, which can lead to dangerous medical errors. Have you suffered injuries due to doctor burnout?
Doctor Burnout Statistics
A national survey found that over half of American doctors experience burnout, making them more likely to cause medical errors. Out of the 6,700 clinic and hospital physicians surveyed:
- Over 10% of doctors stated that they committed at least one severe medical mistake in the three months before the survey
- 55% of doctors reported burnout
- 6.5% of doctors reported contemplating suicide
- Approximately one-third of doctors reported excessive fatigue
- Doctors experiencing burnout were twice as likely to make a mistake as those who do not experience burnout
- Prior studies tied medical errors to 100,000 to 200,000 patient deaths each year
- 4% of study participants described the safety record of their workplace as “poor” or “failing”
Causes of Doctor Burnout
Doctors often report burnout due to their excessive workloads and the high-stress environment of their jobs. Researchers from Stanford University outlined a series of causes that can contribute to doctor burnout:
- High-risk tasks that jeopardize other lives
- Lack of control over the job
- Lack of satisfaction in the job
- Regulatory burdens and regulations
- Reimbursement tightening
If you have a doctor experiencing serious burnout, you could find yourself at risk. The doctor could administer the wrong medication, make a mistake during surgery, or diagnose you with the wrong condition, among many other consequences.
Doctors can make many life-threatening mistakes while experiencing burnout. Have you suffered injuries due to negligent medical care? Contact Regan Zambri Long today to schedule a free consultation with one of our DC medical malpractice attorneys.