Rates of Medication Errors Among Depressed and Burnt Out Residents: Prospective Cohort Study

Published in BMJ, the following study aimed to determine the prevalence of depression and burnout among residents in pediatrics and to establish if a relation exists between these disorders and medication errors. Prevalence of depressionwas measured using the Harvard national depression screening day scale, burnout using the Maslach burnout inventory, and rate of medication errors per resident month. Authors found that depressed residents made 6.2 times as many medication errors per resident month as residents who were not depressed. Burnt out residents and non-burnt out residents made similar rates of errors per resident month.

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Safety and Patient Outcomes

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