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Doctors are making mistakes on the job due to stress

In Boston, Massachusetts, doctors put in long hours, working with tough patients, and sometimes sacrificing their own health to further their practice. Unfortunately, this situation results in doctors who are mentally and physically too overwrought to be at their best for their patients, and so leads to doctor errors. It can also lead to doctors leaving the medical profession completely, forcing the hospital or practice they worked for to recruit and train new doctors at significant expense.

Distracted doctors may place you in danger

Few people approach the prospect of surgery without some concerns. After all, there are not many situations in which you are so vulnerable as when you are unconscious on the operating table. Obviously, it takes a great deal of trust to submit to surgery, even one that may save your life.

Too little information equals a lack of informed consent

All too often, doctors tell patients what treatment they're going to prescribe and treat the patient's role in the decision-making process as almost unimportant. Doctors will tell the patient the positive outcome they expect, and either gloss over the potential risks and alternative choices or skip that part of the discussion altogether.