Summary #484

Physician burnout costs the U.S. billions of dollars each year
  • An article published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine shows that doctors in the United States experience more burnout than other workers.
  • The causes of burnout are long working hours, the fear of being sued, filling out electronic medical records and executing other bureaucratic procedures that require time and effort.
  • Under these conditions, doctors feel dissatisfied, tend to make mistakes, have trouble practicing medicine and neglect the care of patients.
  • At an economic level, the study indicates that the impact of the burnout of doctors generates a cost of $ 4.6 billion to the United States each year.
  • On the other hand, according to the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide, the percentage of suicides of doctors is higher than the rest of the population.


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