(Bloomberg) — Almost half of hospital doctors said they routinely see more patients than they can safely manage, leading in some cases to unneeded tests, medication errors and deaths, according to a survey by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Seven percent of 506 hospital-based physicians surveyed said their heavy workload likely led to a patient complication, and 5% reported it probably caused a death over the past year. The findings are published in a research letter released Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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