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Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jul;34(7):599-602.

Psychological distress among GPs--who is at risk and how best to reach them?

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Ripplemakers, Queensland, Australia. ripplemakers@bigpond.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify key characteristics of psychologically distressed general practitioners and whether these GPs volunteered for a "GP health" educational program.

SETTING:

Eight Australian divisions of general practice responding to an invitation to participate in the research in 1999, representing 1356 GPs.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), together with demographic and practice questions.

DESIGN:

Observational study of GPs invited to participate in a voluntary education program on GP health offered through each division of general practice.

PARTICIPANTS:

819/1356 GPs responded to the baseline questionnaire (60%). Of these, 233/819 (28%) scored above the GHQ-12 threshold indicating psychological distress. Ninety GPs enrolled in the program, data were available for 69 GPs.

RESULTS:

General practitioners who were identified as being psychologically distressed were over-represented in the 35-49 years age group (p=0.02) and were more likely to be the practice principal (p=0.04). Over 62% of enrolled GPs had scores that indicated none to mild distress. Of those GPs who were distressed, 42% were from the identified at risk age group, and 44% were practice principals.

DISCUSSION:

Alternative targeted interventions may be needed to reach GPs with high levels of psychological distress.

PMID:
15999174
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