Study shows many GPs struggling with stress

A significant proportion of doctors struggle with stress at work due to the pressures of their profession, new research has shown.

According to a study conducted by Dr Peter Orton of Aviation Medica - which involved analysing the mental state of more than 500 GPs across Essex - nearly half (46 per cent) are currently experiencing emotional exhaustion.

The survey - which has been published in the British Medical Journal - also established that 42 per cent of professionals in the healthcare sector feel depersonalised.

Dr Orton explained that such figures should be taken as a clear indication that many doctors are "in trouble" with regard to their mental health and could be on the verge of burnout.

Furthermore, it was found that female GPs are generally more resistant to the effects of depersonalisation than their male counterparts.

This comes after the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed that 49 per cent of people in middle management roles feel under excessive pressure at least once a week.

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31/01/2012 16:41