Drug errors among depressed doctors: prospective cohort study
Domhnall MacAuley discusses a recent research paper
Might you make a mistake that could harm patients? Life as a medical student is intense, but life as a junior doctor can be very tough, with long hours, high pressure, and difficult decisions to make with ill patients. Could you become depressed, overstressed, fatigued, and burnt out? And, even worse, could this affect your performance so much that you make serious mistakes? Perhaps you think that your natural resilience will hold out and no matter how bad you feel you will still be able to function effectively as a doctor.
This is a study of junior doctors, their mental health, and work performance. It focuses on mistakes in prescribing and asks in particular if mental health and medical errors could be related. Mistakes do happen, unfortunately, and sometimes it is our fault. This study is important because it can give us some insight into factors that may lead to