Journal article

The psychological health of emergency physicians in Australasia.

David McD Taylor, Julie F Pallant, Heather D Crook, Peter A Cameron

Emerg Med Australas | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychological health of ACEM Fellows and the important factors that impact on this health. METHODS: A cross-sectional, mail survey utilizing validated psychological instruments. RESULTS: Three hundred and twenty-three (63.5%) of 510 physicians responded. Most were recently graduated males. Compared to a general population sample, their psychological health was good with greater optimism and mastery (P < 0.001), less anxiety, depression and physical symptoms (P < 0.001), better life satisfaction (P = 0.04) and similar perceived stress (P = 0.20). The mean work stress score (1 = low, 10 = high) was 5.6 +/- 2.1 (moderate stress) although 63 (19.5%) had very high score..

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