November 25th, 2009

Burnout and depression make surgeons more prone to mistakes

By Kelley Luckstein

Burnout is common among surgeons and the results can be harmful for patients, new research suggests. In a survey of 7,900 surgeons, 9 percent said they had committed a major medical error in the last three months, according to the study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic… "The most important thing for those of us who work with other surgeons who do not appear well is to address it with them so that they can get the help they need," said Dr. Julie A. Freischlag, one of the study's authors, in a statement.

 

 

Baltimore Sun by Kelly Brewington, 11/24/09

 

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