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Overworked doctors could be putting patients at risk

People in New York City know that their quality of work is bound to decline if they are overloaded and overworked. A study by researchers at John Hopkins University shows that is also true for physicians who are treating patients.

Slightly more than 500 doctors were surveyed for the study. About half of the physicians said they often see too many patients in a day. Seven percent of the physicians said being overworked has likely caused complications. Shockingly, five percent said their heavy workload may have even caused death in some patients.

Unfortunately, this kind of pattern is unlikely to get any better. Physicians will likely be seeing even more patients as new health care laws go into effect.

"Excessively increasing the workload may lead to suboptimal care and less direct patient care time, which may paradoxically increase, rather than decrease costs," the author of the study said.

A medical error can cause minor complications. However, there are instances when a medical error causes severe injuries and even death. Although doctors may feel overwhelmed at times, their first priority must be to prevent patient harm. After all, doctors often hold their patients' lives in their hands.

Everyone hopes that they will be able to avoid becoming the victim of a medical mistake. However, errors happen frequently in New York City and beyond.

When a patient is harmed by a negligent doctor or other medical professional, they may wish to consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. By doing so, they may obtain much-needed compensation while holding a medical professional responsible for their failures.

Source:, "Excessive workloads raise risk of medical errors for hospital doctors," Jan. 29, 2013

Our firm works with patients who have been harmed by a negligent physician. Please visit our New York medical malpractice page to learn more.

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