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BMJ Open. 2019 Jun 12;9(6):e027558. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027558.

Barriers to the psychological well-being of Australian junior doctors: a qualitative analysis.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
3
Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore factors associated with the psychological well-being of junior doctors in Australia.

DESIGN:

Qualitative study using semistructured interviews.

SETTING:

Three teaching hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

PARTICIPANTS:

Fifteen junior medical officers (postgraduate year 2 doctors) employed across three hospitals in Queensland participated in the study.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Fifteen de-identified interviews were analysed. Four key themes emerged-workplace issues impacting on health and well-being; experiences of bullying and harassment; strategies to improve health and well-being; and barriers to seeking healthcare.

CONCLUSION:

Underlying system and cultural factors affect the health of junior doctors. Self-stigma particularly affects junior doctors and impacts on their healthcare seeking behaviours.

KEYWORDS:

medical education & training; mental health; qualitative research

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