November 24th, 2009

Study suggests medical errors due to doctor burn-out

By Kelley Luckstein

A new study by the Mayo Clinic suggests major medical errors reported by American surgeons are the result of burn-out and depression.

 

Nearly 8,000 surgeons participated in the confidential survey. About 9 percent say they made a major medical error in the three months before the survey.

 

Nearly 70 percent of those surgeons attributed the error to their own burn-out rather than a systemic cause.

 

MPR by Elizabeth Baier, 11/24/09

 

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Tags: doctor burn-out, Mayo Clinic Rochester, medical errors, Research

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