Assessing the mental wellbeing of next generation general practitioners: a cross-sectional survey.

Lindemann, Fanny; Rozsnyai, Zsofia; Zumbrunn, Brigitta; Laukenmann, Julia; Kronenberg, Regula; Streit, Sven (2019). Assessing the mental wellbeing of next generation general practitioners: a cross-sectional survey. BJGP Open, 3(4), bjgpopen19X101671. Royal College of General Practitioners: BJGP Open 10.3399/bjgpopen19X101671

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BACKGROUND

Future and practising GPs encounter various stressors, which can potentially impair mental wellbeing and develop into mental illnesses.

AIM

To assess mental wellbeing of young and future GPs by their level of training.

DESIGN & SETTING

A cross-sectional anonymous survey of members of the Swiss Young General Practitioners Association (JHaS) was undertaken.

METHOD

Basic characteristics and the current mental wellbeing were assessed using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS). Specific stressors that can influence wellbeing were focused on. Participants were asked for ideas on how to improve wellbeing via open questions.

RESULTS

Response rate was 57% (n = 503). Mean value for mental wellbeing (WEMWBS) was 52.4 (maximum 70, standard deviation [SD] 7.2). Residents had a significantly lower level of mental health (51.0, SD 7.6) compared with GPs (54.2, SD 6.2). Overall, stress level was reported as high or very high by almost half of participants (49%). Forty-five per cent indicated a lack of private time; the highest proportion was among residents. Fifteen per cent (20% among residents) were at risk of burnout. Most frequent stressors were administrative tasks, high workload, and work demands. Support requests included improvement of work-life balance and reduction of administrative workload.

CONCLUSION

Residents had the lowest mental wellbeing, at a stress level similarly high to that of GPs. They most often indicated not having enough time for a private life and were most at risk of burnout. Improvement suggestions should be implemented to maintain mental health of young and future GPs. Particular attention should be paid to GPs in training, as owing to their reduced mental health, they may benefit most.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of General Practice and Primary Care (BIHAM)

UniBE Contributor:

Lindemann, Fanny Eliza; Rozsnyai, Zsófia; Zumbrunn, Brigitta Isolde and Streit, Sven

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

2398-3795

Publisher:

Royal College of General Practitioners: BJGP Open

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

18 Oct 2019 14:44

Last Modified:

27 Aug 2020 10:19

Publisher DOI:

10.3399/bjgpopen19X101671

PubMed ID:

31615787

Uncontrolled Keywords:

general practitioners mental health mental wellbeing residency resilience surveys and questionnaires training

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134044

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134044

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