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Burnout linked to suboptimal patient care, study finds

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 04 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3771
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Burnt out doctors are twice as likely to be involved in patient safety incidents, to deliver suboptimal care, and to receive low satisfaction ratings from patients, a systematic review and meta-analysis has shown.1 The research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that trainees and doctors in their early career were at particular risk.

“This meta-analysis provides evidence that physician burnout might jeopardise patient care,” said the authors, led by Maria Panagioti, from the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research at the University of Manchester. They added, “Physician …

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