What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors? A review of the research evidence

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This report details evidence that UK doctors are at greater risk of work-related stress, burnout and depression and anxiety than the general population. The incidence of suicide, especially among women doctors and for GPs and trainees, is also comparatively high.

The report finds that the incidence of mental health problems among doctors is increasing alongside the growing demands and diminishing resources experienced in the healthcare sector. GPs, trainee and junior doctors appear to be particularly vulnerable, experiencing distress and burnout early in their career. The stigma associated with disclosing mental health problems and ‘a failure to cope’ revealed in the report mean that many doctors are reluctant to seek help as they fear sanctions and even job loss.

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Contributed by: Ann Caluori
Authored by: Society of Occupational Medicine
Authored on: 0 September 2018
Licence: © All rights reserved More information on licences
First contributed: 28 May 2020
Audience access level: Full user

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