A study of more than 6,700 physicians around the country found that more than half of them are burned out. This can have a negative impact on Florida patients. About 10 percent of those who took part in the survey said that they had committed a major error in the three months before it was conducted. Researchers found that those who were burned out were twice as likely to make a serious error.
Generally, doctors who experienced symptoms of being burned out made mistakes while performing a surgery or when diagnosing a patient. They also were more likely to see a decrease in their medical judgment. Those who work in environments that cause stress and that require interactions with other people tend to be more susceptible to burning out. However, it can happen to anyone, and it is a condition that can be reversed over time.
Overall, up to half of all American doctors are burned out at any given time. Studies have found that medical errors are responsible for up to 200,000 deaths each year. The study found that an unsafe work environment also increased the risk of a medial error. In some cases, a doctor was up to four times likely to commit an error compared to those who worked in safe conditions.
Patients who have been harmed because of a doctor error will often require additional medical care and treatment resulting from a worsened medical condition. They might find it advisable to meet with a medical malpractice attorney in order to see what legal remedies they might have.