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Quality and Safety in Health Care, Part XLV

Introduction to Burnout

Harolds, Jay A., MD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002437
From the American College of Nuclear Medicine

Burnout not only is a serious problem for physicians, but it also adversely affects the quality and safety of health care for the patients they care for. A doctor with burnout may commit more errors, exhibit unprofessional behavior and a callous attitude to others, have diminished productivity, and cause other problems for the health care system. Furthermore, the percentage of doctors who experience at least 1 symptom of burnout is increasing.

From the Advanced Radiology Services and the Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Services, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Received for publication May 20, 2018; revision accepted June 8, 2018.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Correspondence to: Jay A. Harolds, MD, Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Advanced Radiology Services, PC, 3264 North Evergreen Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. E-mail:

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