Understand sources of stress in general practice
The wellbeing of GPs is an area of concern in Australia and other countries. Health concerns mainly relate to emotional wellbeing.
Evidence suggests the physical health of doctors is better than the general community but broadly, their emotional health is not as good as expected for a health professional.
Sources of stress for GPs have been categorised as organisational, patient and personal. Studies tend to show that organisational sources, rather than patient issues, cause the most stress.
Overwork stands out as the key issue in stress due to extended work hours, on-call work, and work interruptions and financial pressures with the financial returns for GPs being much lower than for other medical disciplines.
The General practice management toolkit: Managing the wellbeing of staff and self was developed in response to RACGP members requesting information relating to the topic and is provided subject to the RACGP’s disclaimer.
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