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How often does doctor burnout contribute to medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

The last nine months have been extremely difficult for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they have been seen many patients suffer and die because of the virus. They have had to put in long hours to treat patients and been under stress about whether they will contract the virus or pass it on to their family members.

At this point, many healthcare providers are suffering from burnout. In 2018, a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings did show there is a link between provider burnout and medical errors, which can lead to medical malpractice. Doctors who showed signs of burnout were 2.2 times more likely to also admit to making medical errors. These mistakes can include making:

  • An incorrect diagnosis
  • An error judgement
  • Technical errors

The study also showed that not only can burnout be a factor in a doctor making a medical error, but also making medical errors also can lead to feelings of burnout.

Medical errors can become medical malpractice if a doctor or healthcare provider:

  • Fails to meet the standard of care for the patient
  • Causes harm to the patient

If you feel a doctor’s or medical provider’s error caused you harm, or didn’t meet the standard of care, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney. You need to know if filing a medical malpractice claim will help recoup damages from a healthcare provider’s error.

Also, about 200,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors. Families who’ve lost loved ones because of medical error also should consider filing a medical malpractice claim.

You want to hold medical providers accountable for providing quality medical care. Also, ensuring that they don’t do patients unnecessary harm is a central piece in maintaining trust between providers and patients – which is essential, whether dealing with a pandemic or not.

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