Burnout? Your patients may be at risk — 4 insights

 

Kristy Taylor, DHSc, a healthcare consultant with Heka Healthcare Consulting & Academy, compiled several resources for the Huffington Post on physician burnout and patient risk.

Here's what you should know:

1. Dr. Taylor cited a report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine saying rising physician burnout rates across the country negatively affect patient satisfaction rates and quality of care.

2. The report also claimed physicians are more likely to commit errors and face higher malpractice risks when feeling burnt out.

3. Darin Bergen, PsyD, a psychologist, believes the increased workload placed on providers paired with organizational policies which limit the amount of control providers have could contribute to the burnout.

4. To combat burnout, Dr. Taylor compiled the advice of several medical professionals. Some suggestions include:

  • Taking time to relax
  • Taking advantage of a health system's employee assistance program
  • Using basic breathing exercises to deal with stress

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