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Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care

Taylor, C; Graham, J; Potts, H; Candy, J; Richards, M; Ramirez, A; (2007) Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care. BRIT J PSYCHIAT , 190 268 - 269. 10.1192/bjp.bp.106.023234.

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Abstract

In a survey of 1794 UK NHS hospital consultants 1308 (73%) responded. Psychiatric morbidity (General Health Questionnaire-12 score >= 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.

Type:Article
Title:Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care
DOI:10.1192/bjp.bp.106.023234
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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