If you are a Minnesota resident under the care of a medical practitioner, you may be interested in knowing that an online survey conducted by Medscape and reported by the American Medical Association revealed urologists experienced the highest rate of burnout. Neurologists were noted as a close second. At Hallberg Law, P.A., we are aware of how burnout may contribute to a doctor making a mistake, but it does not provide for a valid malpractice defense when injuries or deaths result.
Medscape surveyed more than 15,000 physicians in 29 different practice areas in order to gather the results for its news publication titled “National Physician Burnout, Depression and Suicide Report 2019.” Overall, 44% of the physicians surveyed admitted to burnout and 15% of them were also experiencing depression. Although urologists had the highest percentage of reported burnout, plastic surgeons and doctors treating patients for endocrine problems and diabetes showed the largest increase compared to the previous year.
The medical field appears to be unique in giving rise to factors contributing to burnout. Doctors surveyed stated that their stress may be due to working long hours and complying with extensive regulations regarding charts and paperwork. Learning about the means by which some doctors cope with burnout — through alcohol, fast food or isolation — might be unnerving. You may also not find it hard to imagine that facilities in which doctors are working 50 to 60 hours a week might have a greater chance of errors being made in patient care.
Receiving medical treatment from an overworked doctor might place your health and well-being at risk for unnecessary harm or injuries. Our page on medical malpractice provides more information about how you may file a legal action in response to injuries you or a loved one sustained while under the care of a doctor or other medical practitioner.