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Stress in psychiatrists: coping with a decade of rapid change

  • Shanaya Rathod (a1), Minal Mistry (a2), Ben Ibbotson (a2) and David Kingdon (a3)
Abstract
Aims and method

The study explored the impact of National Health Service changes on the working and personal lives of psychiatrists. A questionnaire survey was carried out with psychiatrists working in the South Eastern Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Results

The response rate was 44.9%. Changes to services have reduced stress in some areas, but increased stress in others. Over the past decade early retirement has become less popular, but psychiatrists have been more likely to self-prescribe and have suicidal thoughts.

Clinical implications

The increasing involvement of psychiatrists in leadership may be a way to reduce adverse impacts of future changes on their working lives.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Shanaya Rathod (shanayarathod@nhs.net)
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Stress in psychiatrists: coping with a decade of rapid change

  • Shanaya Rathod (a1), Minal Mistry (a2), Ben Ibbotson (a2) and David Kingdon (a3)
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