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How do Physicians Perceive the Demands of Their Role?

Is There a Stigma of Mental Illness Among Medical Professionals?

According to Time Magazine, research states that up to 40% of doctors experience “emotional, physical, and psychological burnout from their jobs”. With such demand and lofty expectations, it’s not uncommon for many physicians to feel incredible amounts of stress. The pressure to tend to each patient and diagnose them correctly, as well as the ongoing schedule of people who need to be seen, could cause anyone in that sort of position to feel overworked. Skills such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, and more aren’t always emphasized, which makes it even harder for physicians to properly interact with clients. Some researchers believe this added stress could be from the type of training they’ve received. Anthony Montgomery, an associate professor at the University of Macedonia in Greece, told Time,

“The irony is that doctors are the one group of people we don’t want to be stressed, yet we are increasing the possibility for them to make mistakes.”

How do physicians perceive the demands of their roles? A 2016 study titled “Individual Characteristics Influencing Physicians’ Perception of Job Demands and Control: The Role of Affectivity, Work Engagement, and Workaholism” sought to explore this very concern. A total of 269 head physicians completed survey evaluations regarding their association with job control, work engagement, workaholism, and more. The following were found from the study:

  • The more positive affectivity (better social functioning, more innovative behaviors, more energy and motivation) exhibited, the higher physicians’ work engagement became
  • The more negative affectivity (worried about job, feeling guilty or dissatisfied), the more workaholism became a problem
  • Physicians with higher positive affectivity also perceive higher level of job control, while those with higher negative affectivity perceive lower job control
  • Physicians with workaholism experiences sensations similar to addiction: cravings and an intense urge to work in order to compensate for negative emotions
  • Working hard offers physicians release from negative emotions and provides more positive incentives, as long as work is conducted in a healthy manner (not workaholism)

What can physicians do to improve their quality of life and well-being in the workplace? Managing time by taking proper breaks, not overworking, eating healthily, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and building social interaction skills could greatly benefit those who are currently stressed in their positions. If you are currently struggling with a mental illness or addiction, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center about programs that could suit your needs. Your mental, physical, and spiritual health is incredibly important – your life, your health, and your career depends on this, too.

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References

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/6/567/htm

http://time.com/3004782/burnout-in-the-hospital-why-doctors-are-set-up-for-stress/

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