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. (2019) 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, 75. pp. 418-432. 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
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2019 01:28
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: barriers, barriers to care, burnout, doctor, help‐seeking, mentalhealth, physician, regional, stress
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22707
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36212

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