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Doctors worldwide observe increased medical errors due to staffing shortages

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 28, 2022 European News

Compromised Patient Quality

Respondents report that staffing problems are creating longer patient wait times (80%) and decreasing the quality of care (69%). Seventy-two percent say their patients have experienced delayed access to treatments, to routine visits (71%), and surgeries (59%). Fifty-six percent say the resulting delays in diagnosis, care, surgery, and treatment have impacted patients’ physical health and increased pain and suffering (30%).

Spain: Impact Higher Than Other Nations

HCPs in Spain report the highest levels of physician and patient impacts from the present staffing shortages among the six Western nations in the report, including HCPs experiencing workforce anxiety and emotional exhaustion (86%) in the past three months, as well as HCP physical exhaustion and stress (84%) in the past three months. Spanish HCPs also reported the highest percentages of respondents noting their patients experiencing increased waiting times (92%) and decreases in quality of care (90%). Despite these high levels, just 4% of responding Spanish doctors say that they have organizational wellness resources available to them.

SHG’s “Mental Health Consequences of Healthcare’s Labor Shortage” report included n=402 HCPs in the US (n=200), UK (n=58), Germany (n=30), Italy (n=39) Spain (n=50) and France (n=25) responding between February 8-14, 2022. Respondents represented five specialties with sizable pandemic impact, including family medicine/general practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics, intensive/critical care, and surgery in relatively equal proportion. All respondents had experienced staffing shortages and mental health impacts as a result of staffing shortages.


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