Doctors Suffering from Burnout has Devastating Impact on Service they Provide, Finds Recent Research

Westminster, and Birmingham, in which they looked into forty-seven papers and analyze responses of 43,000 doctors to know the effect of burnout in doctors. They systematically studied large-scale review and meta-analysis and finds that burnout in doctors has devastating consequences that hamper the quality of care they provide.

NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and NIHR School for Primary Care Research funded the study and it is published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

It finds that the probability of making mistakes increases two times when the doctors have burnout. It may lead to wrong prescriptions and wrong diagnosis. According to a recent report by GMC, one in twenty patients experience harmful medical errors that can be prevented.

Burnout also increases the chances of low professional standards, such as malpractices and not following NICE guidelines. As per Dr. Maria Panagioti, from the Manchester University, who led the study, contends that burnout in doctors possibly leads to decline in satisfaction among the patients.

The study discovered that patient satisfaction decreases three times if the doctors are emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted – major factors by which experts identify burnout.

Current research shows that though public dissatisfaction is considered high, public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen by 6 percent, as it was 63 percent in 2016 and in 2017, it reached 57 percent.