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Depression Plays Part in Medical Mistakes

New research shows that medical residents who are suffering from depression are more likely to make as many as six times the errors than their colleagues who are not depressed do.

The findings were recently published in the British Journal.

Study Conducted at Harvard

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School conducted a study to further analyze the link between depression and the number of medical errors made.

The study reportedly included 123 residents in pediatrics at children’s hospitals throughout the country.

20 percent of these residents were depressed while 74 percent were simply burnt out from the high pressure job.

According to researchers, of the 45 medication mistakes that were made during the study, 6.2 times the number of cases were made by the depressed residents than their healthy colleagues.

Medical Errors Account for Thousands of Deaths

“Considering that an estimated 98,000 patients die each year due to medication errors, improvement in the training conditions of doctors seems to be necessary,” said the author of the study.

The study also found that most of the medication errors were due to the stress of resident training, lack of sleep and lack of free time.

(Source: Eflux Media)

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