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08/12/2018

Large Majority of Clinicians Report Providing Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Interventions

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have published “Association of Perceived Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Care With Burnout and Thoughts of Quitting Among Health-Care Providers” in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.  


They conclude “A large majority of clinicians report providing futile/PIC, and such care is associated with measures of clinician well-being, including burnout and intention to quit.” 


Based on 350 surveys, 91% of clinicians reported that they either had or had possibly provided futile/PIC to a patient. Overall, 43.4% of clinicians screened positive for burnout syndrome, 7.8% screened positive for depression, and 35.5% reported thoughts of leaving their job as a result of futile/PIC. 








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