One of the types of medical professionals a child may receive care from when at a hospital is a pediatric resident. These are trainee pediatricians. A recent study looked into burnout among such new doctors.
The study analyzed the responses of a survey taken by over 250 pediatric residents. The respondents came from 11 different pediatric residency programs. All of these programs were from New England.
The study found that burnout was fairly common among the surveyed pediatric residents. Burnout was reported by 39 percent of the respondents.
Why does how common burnout is among a given class of medical professionals matter? Well, the effects of burnout could potentially seep into a medical professional’s conduct regarding patient care. This, in turn, could impact the safety of the patients the professional sees.
The study found that the pediatric residents who said they experienced burnout had a higher likelihood of reporting potentially problematic attitudes and conduct regarding patient care. It also found that these individuals had a much higher likelihood of making certain medication/treatment mistakes than the respondents who didn’t indicate burnout.
What would you like to see pediatric residents, residency programs and hospitals here in New York do to address the issue of burnout among pediatric residents?
A child can be subjected to significant injuries or health problems when a person who is providing them with care at a hospital makes a medical error. This can create a very confusing and scary situation for both the child and their parents. One thing a parent of a kid who was exposed to a medical error may be confused about are what their legal options are for responding to the error. Among the things medical malpractice attorneys can do for parents in such a situation is give them guidance on their options.
Source: Reuters, “Burnout among trainee pediatricians leads to worse patient care,” Madeline Kennedy, Feb. 23, 2017