The Canadian Medical Association has demonstrated an ‘elevated burnout and susceptibility to mental health problems’ in the medical professions, especially the resident ones.
New Delhi: The Canadian Medical Association has demonstrated an ‘elevated burnout and susceptibility to mental health problems’ in the medical professions, especially the resident ones. According to a report in the Western Gazette, the association has found that one-third of the medical professionals surveyed were experiencing burnout or depression. The number surveyed was 2547 physicians and 400 resident doctors.
It is shocking to know that 19% of them had also contemplated suicide at least once in their life, and 8% had done this in the last 12 months itself.
The most vulnerable to mental health disorders were professionals in their first five years of practice, and female physicians. A medical professional herself also said that the workload doctors face is a lot, and there is a growing concern about it. Some doctors work for as long as 80 hours per week, and this, in fact, puts them on the other side of the table – the patient’s side.
Doctors are unable to find time for eating well, sleeping well, spending quality time with family, exercising, or anything that they would like to do for their well-being.
The medical professionals believe that a change in the structure of jobs and management can help them positively. Many specialities do not have vacancies, even when there is a requirement which leads to addition in the stress of the working doctors. Doctors also realise that the problem is slightly cultural as well. People tend to think it is only them who is under pressure, which leads tothe development of antagonism among them.