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Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care

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C Taylor, J Graham, H Potts, J Harris, M Richards, A Ramirez

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268 - 269
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

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In a survey of 1794 UK NHS hospital consultants 1308 (73%) responded. Psychiatric morbidity (General Health Questionnaire-12 score >= 4) was present in 32% of responders, who were twice as likely to report drinking hazardous levels of alcohol, being irritable with patients and colleagues, reducing their standards of care and intending to retire early (all P <0.001). Male and mid-aged consultants were also particularly at risk. Approaches that support consultants to practice medicine safely throughout their careers are required.

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