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Add 'assess surgeon's job satisfaction' to that presurgical check list

November 23, 2009 | 10:27 am

ScalpelA tired surgeon is one thing. But a burned-out surgeon ... now there's cause for concern.

A survey conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that surgeons who were burned out and depressed were more likely to report major medical errors. Number of hours worked? Frequency of being on call? Those didn't seem to have much of an impact.

Here's the news release.

Here's the abstract for the study, which will be published in an upcoming print version of Annals of Surgery.

And here's hoping your surgeon finds his or her job rewarding. ...

-- Tami Dennis

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times