Physician Burnout Impacts Safety, Professionalism, Patient Satisfaction

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
By Christopher Cheney
September 17, 2018

Physician burnout has the potential to put patient care at risk, recent research shows.

The research, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found burnout increased the likelihood of patient safety incidents, care deficiencies linked to low professionalism, and lower patient satisfaction.

The research examined 47 studies involving more than 42,000 physicians. “This meta-analysis provides evidence that physician burnout may jeopardize patient care; reversal of this risk has to be viewed as a fundamental healthcare policy goal across the globe,” the researchers wrote.

Read more about the study in PSQH.