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The experiences of general practitioner partners living with distress: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Authors
  • Spiers, Johanna1
  • Buszewicz, Marta2
  • Chew-Graham, Carolyn A3
  • Riley, Ruth4
  • 1 University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2 University College London, UK.
  • 3 Keele University, UK.
  • 4 University of Birmingham, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
10-11
Pages
1439–1449
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318758860
PMID: 29468904
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Doctors, including general practitioners, experience higher levels of mental illness than the general population. General practitioners who are partners in their practices may face heightened stress. In total, 10 general practitioner partners living with work-related distress were interviewed, and transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three major themes arose: (1) extreme distress, (2) conflicted doctor identity and (3) toxic versus supportive workplace relationships. Participants detailed symptoms of depression, anxiety and burnout; reported conflicted identities; and discussed the impact of bullying partnerships. We recommend that organisational interventions tackling issues such as bullying be implemented and opportunities to debrief be offered as protected time activities to general practitioner partners.

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