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Depression among physicians linked with odds of medical errors

A meta-analysis of 11 surveys primarily involving early-career doctors showed those with signs of depression were more likely to report having made medical errors, and those who reported making mistakes tended to experience more depression symptoms in the future. The results, published in JAMA Network Open, highlight the need for "systematic efforts to prevent and reduce depressive symptoms among physicians," researchers said, adding that "[t]his is not only important to physician health, but also impacts the quality of care they are presenting to patients."

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