What prevents doctors from seeking help for stress and burnout? A mixed-methods investigation among metropolitan and regional-based Australian doctors

Clough, Bonnie A. and March, Sonja and Leane, Sheena and Ireland, Michael J. (2018) What prevents doctors from seeking help for stress and burnout? A mixed-methods investigation among metropolitan and regional-based Australian doctors. Journal of Clinical Psychology. ISSN 0021-9762

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Abstract

Objective: Despite the increased risk of experiencing mental health concerns, particularly related to stress and burnout, psychological help-seeking among medical doctors is typically low. This study examined the barriers to treatment experienced by doctors for stress and burnout-related difficulties.

Methods: A mixed-methods design was adopted. The quantitative sample comprised 274 Australian-based medical doctors. Qualitative interviews were conducted with a subsample of 20 (11 regional and 9 metropolitans) doctors. For triangulation, five stakeholder interviews were also conducted with representatives of the profession.

Results: Time was the greatest barrier to treatment. Qualitatively, doctors identified barriers such as stigma and fear of professional consequences, and particularly among regional doctors, access to services and professional culture.

Conclusions: There is a need for tailored strategies to address barriers to psychological treatment among doctors for improving service access and mental health.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 15 November 2018. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 04:20
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 02:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: barriers; barriers to care; burnout; doctor; help-seeking; mental health; physician; regional; stress
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22707
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35136

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