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J Postgrad Med. 2007 Apr-Jun;53(2):87-90, 90A-91A.

Bullying among trainee doctors in Southern India: a questionnaire study.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India. klbairy@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Workplace bullying is an important and serious issue in a healthcare setting because of its potential impact on the welfare of care-providers as well as the consumers.

AIMS:

To gauge the extent of bullying among the medical community in India; as a subsidiary objective, to assess the personality trait of the bullying victims.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

A cross-sectional, anonymous, self-reported questionnaire survey was undertaken among a convenient sample of all the trainee doctors at a Government Medical College in Tamil Nadu, India.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A questionnaire, in English with standard written explanation of bullying was used. Basic information like age, sex, job grade and the specialty in case of Postgraduates (PGs) were also collected.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS:

The results were subjected to descriptive statistical analysis and Chi-square test for comparison of frequencies.

RESULTS:

A total of 174 doctors (115 PGs and 59 junior doctors), took part in the study with a cent percent response. Nearly half of the surveyed population reported being subjected to bullying. Nearly 54 (53%) of the men and 35 (48%) of women were subjected to bullying. Significant proportions (P < 0.0001) of medical personnel and paramedical staff bullied the PGs and junior doctors, respectively. More than 85 (90%) of bullying incidents went unreported. A significant (P < 0.0001) percentage of PGs and junior doctors revealed a personality trait towards bully.

CONCLUSIONS:

Workplace bullying is common among trainee doctors and usually goes unreported.

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