Emotional Exhaustion and Workload Predict Clinician-Related and Objective Patient Safety

Published in Frontiers in Psychology, the following study investigates the role of clinician burnout, demographic, and organizational characteristics in predicting subjective and objective indicators of patient safety. Authors found that Clinician-rated patient safety was associated with burnout, trainee status, and professional role. Mortality was predicted by emotional exhaustion. Length of stay was predicted by workload. Contrary to the authors’ expectations, burnout did not predict length of stay, and workload and predictability did not predict standardized mortality ratios. Subjectively, burnt-out clinicians rated safety lower, and objectively, units with high emotional exhaustion had higher standardized mortality ratios.

Safety and Patient Outcomes

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