A career as a physician can mean long hours, constant stress, and an inordinate amount of time spent performing data entries on medical record systems. All of this, and more, can lead to physician burnout. Nationwide, physician burnout rates keep rising, and it is estimated that as many as 54 percent of doctors are affected. Many place blame on the way medicine is practiced in the United States, with a special emphasis on the clerical demands that require a doctor to spend two hours on the computer for every hour they see patients.
To alleviate some of the pressures doctors face, many hospitals have invested in programs they believe could help reduce stress, such as yoga, personal coaching, and more. Physician burnout is caused by long hours, excessive demands, and the work environment in which they practice. Physician burnout decreases productivity and increases the potential for medical mistakes, making patients suffer dramatically. Moreover, many physicians leave the profession due to burnout, which can potentially create a shortage, especially in higher-stress disciplines. There is even an increased risk of suicide by doctors who endure burnout. Some experts see physician burnout as a public health crisis.
Every patient has the right to expect the best possible medical care. The negligence and medical errors that can occur due to a physician burnout can have a profound impact on a patient’s life and future, and could even lead to fatalities. If you or a loved one has been the victim of malpractice, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover compensation for your suffering. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.