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Intern Med J. 2019 Apr 16. doi: 10.1111/imj.14324. [Epub ahead of print]

Resilience on the Run - an evaluation of a wellbeing program for medical interns.

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NorthWestern Mental Health, Parkville, VIC, 3052.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital, 6 Doherty Street, Birtinya, QLD, 4575.
Breeze Life Coaching, P.O. Box 474, Cannon Hill, QLD, 4170.
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston 4029, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland.
AMA Queensland, 88 L'Estrange Terrace, KELVIN GROVE, QLD 4059, PO BOX 123, RED HILL, QLD, 4059.
Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland, Level 8, Health Sciences Building, Building 16/ 901 , Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Complex, Herston, Qld, Australia, 4029.



To evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of a resilience and wellbeing program designed for junior doctors METHODS: A prospective cohort study of 24 medical interns at a teaching hospital in regional Queensland with a control group of 29 medical interns at a second teaching hospital in regional Queensland. Survey instruments to assess psychological distress, the ProQOL and K10, were completed at baseline, at the completion of the wellbeing program, and three months after the completion of the wellbeing program at both sites.


The intervention site had an older cohort and fewer participants had a regular GP compared to the control site. Both groups had moderate levels of psychological distress. Insufficient numbers of participants completing the instruments at the two sites meant that it was not possible to demonstrate differences between the groups, however the trends were promising. Qualitative evaluation data supported these trends, indicating that the Resilience on the Run program was positively received and provided useful skills to junior doctors.


Wellbeing programs benefit medical interns; introducing new knowledge and skills for effectively identifying and managing personal and workplace stressors that can contribute to psychological distress. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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