A 2016 study conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School revealed medical errors are more likely to occur when physicians experience bouts of depression. Because of errors, however, doctors reportedly experience further episodes of depression, which may lead to a vicious cycle of mistakes. At Ratton Law Group PC, we understand hospitals owe a duty of care to patients, and how a lack of attention to your safety and well-being may require filing a legal action to recover for injuries.
Staffing arrangements that lead to depressed or overworked on-duty physicians may contribute to unintentional medical errors. To reduce mistakes, however, systematic intervention is necessary, as reported by Medical Market News. The 2016 Michigan study points to the need for organizations in the health care industry to shoulder the responsibility of improving the well-being of medical practitioners. Developing better work schedules may result in less depression among physicians and prove a worthy investment in reduced health care costs and greater patient safety.
Practitioners may become demoralized from stress, burnout or from the need to deal with the increasingly complex technology that maintains patients’ electronic health records. Updates to medical regulations, such as greater safeguards and procedures to protect patients’ privacy from data breaches, may also contribute to demoralization and stress.
Excessive worry and diminished focus during medical procedures could result in errors that cause severe injuries. Post-operative care is also vital to a patient’s recovery; overlooking a tell-tale symptom or a developing ailment may result in a new condition or complication.
Every patient has the right to quality medical care. Our page on medical errors and malpractice provides more information about seeking compensation when a health-care mishap occurs.