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July 2018 Archives

Doctors often fail to let their patients speak

According to one study conducted by Florida researchers, doctors give patients only seconds to explain their symptoms and conditions before interrupting. While many patients have complained of feeling rushed during a doctor's appointment, it could have real consequences when physicians do not listen to their patients' detailed descriptions of their own experience. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, assessed the beginning minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their doctors over a seven-year period between 2008 and 2015.

Survey finds link between doctor burnout and medical mistakes

Medical professionals in Florida and elsewhere often report the symptoms of workplace burnout, according to a recent poll of almost 6,700 doctors. The study asked them about symptoms of burnout, medical errors and workplace safety. Over half of them reported fatigue, depression or suicidal thoughts, which represent clear signs of burnout. Responses that indicated burnout were prevalent among the 11 percent of doctors who also admitted to making medical errors in the previous three months.

Study analyzes the frequency of cellulitis misdiagnoses

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a study of patients with presumed cellulitis and published the results back in February. Cellulitis patients in Florida should know what the researchers found out because the condition they have is frequently misdiagnosed.