You Doctor Could be Burned Out, Key Information for Patients

In a recent study, approximately 33-50+% of physicians reported experiencing some form of burnout. What do this mean for patients? Not only is it possible your doctor is burned out, it’s actually probable.

According to a U.S News World & Report article, “…research increasingly finds that burnout may also affect the quality and safety of treatment patients receive. All the components of clinician burnout are, of course, decidedly negative, but the potential impact goes beyond that.” The article goes on to state “Burnout can … threaten patient safety and care quality when depersonalization leads to poor interactions with patients and when burned-out physicians suffer from impaired attention, memory and executive function.”

Medical error kills hundreds of thousands of people each year in United States alone, and millions more are injured due to preventable medical errors. Preventable infections, medication errors, and preventable falls are amongst the leading causes of medical malpractice related injuries and deaths in the U.S.

Although New York City houses some of the best hospitals in the world, New York State pays out more in medical malpractice suits than any other state in the U.S.

So what can New Yorkers and patients throughout the country do to prevent becoming a victim of medical malpractice? Know the signs of physician burnout:

  1. Your doctor seems drained
  2. Your doctor is cynical, negative, detached, and or uncaring
  3. Your doctor does not offer quality care

It is important to keep in mind that nurses are susceptible to burnout too. A recent survey found:

  • 63% of respondents experienced burnout from their jobs
  • 70% of night-shift nurses reported they had a one point or another driven home drowsy
  • 20% reported their employers did not offer a fatigue management program
  • 42% of respondents reported they were unable to take a break during shifts to eat lunch or dinner

If you suffered the consequences of a preventable medical error or medical negligence, contact us today.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP