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Report: Adverse events contribute to physician burnout

Accreditation Insider, February 3, 2015

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Physicians feel burned out by administrative tasks and long hours, but also by the emotional fallout from adverse events, a new study finds. Nearly half of physicians surveyed (46%) report they feel burned out, up from 40% from 2013, according to Medscape’s Physician Lifestyle Report. Physicians specializing in critical care, emergency medicine, and family medicine say they are the most burned out, HealthLeaders Media reports.

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine provides a program to help doctors deal with burnout, and UNC Health Care, a nonprofit health system owned by the state, has launched an adverse patient event program. The idea is to provide emotional support for physicians involved in adverse events who are often called “second victims.”

Read the HealthLeaders Media article here.



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