Heart Doctor Burnout Can Lead To Mistakes

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Cardiologist Burnout Can Cause Deadly Medical Mistakes 

The American College of Cardiology’s third Professional Life Survey spoke volumes regarding the number of American cardiologists experiencing burnout. The survey data released in the July 2 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and completed by 2,313 cardiologists showed 27 percent of those surveyed report being overworked and exhausted to the point of burnout. Consequently, nearly 50 percent said they were under stress and working with less energy in their work environments.

  • Burnout appears to peak among mid-career cardiologists with 8 to 21 years in practice, compared with fellows in training, early-career, and late-career cardiologists.
  • Neither cardiovascular subspecialty nor practice setting had an impact on burnout.
  • Three-fourths (72 percent) of cardiologists with exhaustion reported documentation time pressures.
  • More than half (57 percent) reported increased electronic medical records (EMR) use at home as an added stressor.
  • Women (31 percent) reported burnout more frequently than men (24 percent).

In 2019, Medscape calculated 43 percent of cardiologists reported being burned out. In 2018, a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings revealed that 54 percent of American physicians report feeling burnt out at work.

Top Five Cardiology Related Medical Errors 

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 people every year, and a top group impacted is cardiac patients. A study of cardiology malpractice claims (now closed) from 2007-2013 revealed these common medical errors:

  1. Failure, delay, or wrong diagnosis
  2. Improper management of treatment
  3. Inadequate performance of treatment or procedure
  4. Surgical mistakes
  5. Medication and prescription errors

This profession, tasked with saving lives from cardiac diseases and related events now has to tackle technology, less pay, more hours, and increased responsibilities such as creating accurate communication channels across multiple providers. And these reports of physician burnout remain sobering reminders that hospitals and primary health systems still lack the resources needed to help physicians who are struggling with increasing demands.

Hospitals should be motivated to invest in their physicians because no one wants to see their doctor struggle to keep up or perform to the best of their abilities. That’s the heart of the matter.

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