The authors quoted research on the prevalence of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout symptoms among critical care nurses as a basis for examining the potential correlation between well-being and medical errors. The study surveyed nearly 800 members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
- Of those surveyed, 61% reported suboptimal physical health, while 51% reported suboptimal mental health.
- Approximately 40% screened positive for depressive symptoms and more than 50% screened positive for anxiety.
- Those who reported worse health and well-being had between a 31% to 62% higher likelihood of making medical errors.
- Nurses who reported working in places that provided greater support for wellness were more than twice as likely to have better personal health and professional quality of life compared with those whose workplace provided little or no support.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has several programs to promote clinician well-being, including its Employee Assistance Program which offers confidential mental health resources and services such as counseling, mindfulness coaching and its Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program that offers the Buckeye Paws pet therapy program to promote building coping and resiliency skills.