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Study looks at the dangers of burnout

June 14, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Burnout is a problem that is occurring throughout society, as pressure builds in a wide variety of career pathways.

According to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, physicians are not immune to the problem.

The report says doctors in the United States experience symptoms of burnout at almost twice the rate of other workers.

Key problems, the study says, are long hours, growing bureaucracy, fear of being sued and electronic medical records.

Burned-out physicians can have a negative impact as well, the study says. They are more likely to make medical errors and their patients have worse outcomes and are less satisfied with their care.

According to the study the problem will only increase in the United States due to the anticipated physician shortage.