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Work-related ill health in doctors working in Great Britain: incidence rates and trends.

Authors
  • Zhou, Anli Yue1
  • Carder, Melanie2
  • Gittins, Matthew2
  • Agius, Raymond2
  • 1 Anli Yue Zhou, MBChB, MA, MRCP, Melanie Carder, PhD, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester; Matthew Gittins, PhD, Centre for Biostatistics, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester; Raymond Agius, MD, DM, FRCP, FRCPE, FFOM, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK [email protected]
  • 2 Anli Yue Zhou, MBChB, MA, MRCP, Melanie Carder, PhD, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester; Matthew Gittins, PhD, Centre for Biostatistics, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester; Raymond Agius, MD, DM, FRCP, FRCPE, FFOM, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Centre for Epidemiology, Division of Population Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2017
Volume
211
Issue
5
Pages
310–315
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.117.202929
PMID: 28935663
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

BackgroundDoctors have a higher prevalence of mental ill health compared with other professional occupations but incidence rates are poorly studied.AimsTo determine incidence rates and trends of work-related ill health (WRIH) and work-related mental ill health (WRMIH) in doctors compared with other professions in Great Britain.MethodIncidence rates were calculated using an occupational physician reporting scheme from 2005-2010. Multilevel regression was use to study incidence rates from 2001 to 2014.ResultsAnnual incidence rates for WRIH and WRIMH in doctors were 515 and 431 per 100 000 people employed, respectively. Higher incidence rates for WRIH and WRMIH were observed for ambulance staff and nurses, respectively. Doctors demonstrated an annual average incidence rates increase for WRIH and WRMIH, especially in women, whereas the other occupations demonstrated a decreasing or static trend. The difference in trends between the occupations was statistically significant.ConclusionsWRIH and WRMIH incidence rate are increasing in doctors, especially in women, warranting further research.

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