The majority of american doctors are exhausted and depressed
Published the 19.01.2018 at 08h05
When doctors are sick, who is there to care for them ? With more than 15 000 practitioners suffering from intense fatigue and depression, the United States is facing a real problem. In regards to the depression, 12% of doctors feel “depressed” and declare that they suffer from severe depression.
Recent statistics for the general population of the United States shows that 6.7% of adults experience these same feelings. The majority of practitioners refer to their work as the cause. In fact, a separate survey of Medscape, mode of life and the happiness of doctors, revealed that they were happy when they were not working.
An impact on the care of patients
The report Medscape has also highlighted the fact that depression is affecting the treatment of patients. A doctor of depression on three said that it was easily exasperated by his patients, and 32% were found to be less involved in their support. Finally, nearly 15% said their depressed state could cause them to make mistakes they would not usually.
“The report by Medscape on the medicine and the depression is one of the most important things that we can do to help the doctors to solve these problems,” says Leslie Kane, the lead author of the report. “The doctors are always subject to burnout.”
The experts see the exhaustion at work cause a catastrophic depression.