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Whats up doc? A national cross-sectional study of psychological wellbeing of hospital doctors in Ireland

Original post: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/7/10/e018023?rss=1

Objectives

To measure levels of psychological distress, psychological wellbeing and self-stigma in hospital doctors in Ireland.

Design

National cross-sectional study of randomised sample of hospital doctors. Participants provided sociodemographic data (age, sex, marital status), work grade (consultant, higher/basic specialist trainee), specialty and work hours and completed well-being questionnaires (the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale, WHO Well-being Index, General Health Questionnaire) and single-item scales on self-rated health and self-stigma.

Setting

Irish publicly funded hospitals and residential institutions.

Participants

1749 doctors (response rate of 55%). All hospital specialties were represented except radiology.

Results

Half of participants were men (50.5%). Mean hours worked per week were 57 hours. Over half (52%) rated their health as very good/excellent, while 50.5% reported positive subjective well-being (WHO-5). Over a third (35%) experienced psychological distress (General Health Questionnaire 12). Severe/extremely severe symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress were evident in 7.2%, 6.1% and 9.5% of participants (Depression, A

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