Sunday, 17 February 2008

Depression and its relationship to patient safety

A recent issue of the BMJ has highlighted the strong relationship between depression in RMOs and their six times increase in prescribing errors. This is a new finding, as previously there has been emphasis on system errors. Depression was common in the RMOs in the study (20%). There is also an editorial about the article.
While this research does not specifically deal with anaesthesia, it is likely it applies to impairment of cognitive tasks performed by any doctor that is depressed.
The full article can be viewed at this link

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