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Br J Psychiatry. 2007 Mar;190:268-9.

Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care.

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Cancer Research UK London Psychosocial Group, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, St Thomas' Campus, London SE1 7EH, UK. cath.taylor@kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

In a survey of 1794 UK NHS hospital consultants 1308 (73%) responded. Psychiatric morbidity (General Health Questionnaire-12 score > or =4) was present in 32% of responders, who were twice as likely to report drinking hazardous levels of alcohol, being irritable with patients and colleagues, reducing their standards of care and intending to retire early (all P < 0.001). Male and mid-aged consultants were also particularly at risk. Approaches that support consultants to practice medicine safely throughout their careers are required.

PMID:
17329750
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.106.023234
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