Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Overworked Doctors

According to an article published on Yahoo, some doctors are saying that they care for more hospitalized patients than they can safely handle.

A new study that surveyed about 500 physicians found that 40 percent said that at least once a month, they took on more patients than they could handle.

Because of their heavy workload, about a quarter of doctors say that they aren’t fully able to discuss treatment options with patients and some even ordered unnecessary tests because they didn’t have enough time to examine the patients’ case.

The findings suggest that hospitals need to create standards for safety and evaluate doctors’ workloads. There are limits on how many hours residents and doctors-in-training can work, but there are no such guidelines for higher-level doctors.
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