Study: Doctor burnout could lead to major medical errors

A new study has found that physician burnout could lead to major medical errors. 

Burnout is defined as emotional exhaustion or depersonalization. Medical mistakes contribute to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year, according to the Institute of Medicine. 

Those mistakes could include improper dosage or prescription of drugs, ordering too many or too few lab tests, or causing patients to acquire infections that could cause sickness or death, according to the study.

The study also finds that burnout occurs in more than half of doctors.

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