As the demands continue to grow on health care providers in Arizona and elsewhere, the burnout syndrome epidemic sweeping the health care industry continues to grow. Burnout syndrome is a type of chronic stress that causes professionals to become disconnected from their work, making them more likely to be apathetic. When it comes to the health care profession, doctor burnout could have an impact on patient safety.
According to the results of a 2015 study. 54.4 percent of health care providers who were surveyed said that they suffered from at least one symptom of doctor burnout. A second survey found that 63 percent of the respondents had negative feelings when thinking about practicing medicine and 49 percent said that they would not recommend going into the medical field when looking for a career.
There are a number of signs that could indicate that a doctor is suffering from burnout. These symptoms can include changes in mood, apathy when thinking about patients, feeling disconnected from work, anxiety, depression and even frequent absences from work. Those who are suffering from burnout may need to take some time off work to indulge in some self-care. Further, health care staff should utilize workplace resources, which could include short-term counseling, if they are available.
When a doctor or other health care professional is suffering from burnout, the quality of care given to patients could suffer. In some cases, a burnout could cause doctor errors that have a direct impact on a patient's health, especially if the errors lead to a misdiagnosis or a prescription for a wrong medication. In some cases, a medical malpractice attorney could assist a patient who has been harmed by seeking compensation from the negligent practitioner or facility.