Association of Resident Fatigue and Distress with Occupational Blood and Body Fluid Exposures and Motor Vehicle Incidents

This study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, evaluated the effect of resident physicians’ distress on their personal safety. Internal medicine residents completed quarterly surveys that included assessments of frequency of self-reported blood and body fluid (BBF) exposures and motor vehicle incidents. The study found that exposures to BBF are relatively uncommon among internal medicine residents, however, motor vehicle incidents are common. Diminished quality of life, burnout, positive screening for depression, fatigue, and sleepiness were each associated with increased odds of reporting a motor vehicle incident in the subsequent 3 months.

Effects on Clinician Health and Well-Being

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