Spiers, J, Buszewicz, M, Chew-Graham, CA, Gerada, C, Kessler, D, Leggett, N, Manning, C, Taylor, AK, Thornton, G and Riley, R (2017) Barriers, facilitators, and survival strategies for GPs seeking treatment for distress: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice, 67 (663). pp. 700-708. ISSN 1478-5242

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BACKGROUND: GPs are under increasing pressure due to a lack of resources, a diminishing workforce, and rising patient demand. As a result, they may feel stressed, burnt out, anxious, or depressed. AIM: To establish what might help or hinder GPs experiencing mental distress as they consider seeking help for their symptoms, and to explore potential survival strategies. DESIGN AND SETTING: The authors recruited 47 GP participants via e-mails to doctors attending a specialist service, adverts to local medical committees (LMCs) nationally and in GP publications, social media, and snowballing. Participants self-identified as either currently living with mental distress, returning to work following treatment, off sick or retired early as a result of mental distress, or without experience of mental distress. Interviews were conducted face to face or over the telephone. METHOD: Transcripts were uploaded to NVivo 11 and analysed using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Barriers and facilitators were related to work, stigma, and symptoms. Specifically, GPs discussed feeling a need to attend work, the stigma surrounding mental ill health, and issues around time, confidentiality, and privacy. Participants also reported difficulties accessing good-quality treatment. GPs also talked about cutting down or varying work content, or asserting boundaries to protect themselves. CONCLUSION: Systemic changes, such as further information about specialist services designed to help GPs, are needed to support individual GPs and protect the profession from further damage.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety; burnout; professional; depression; general practice; mental health services; self-care
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine

Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 08:07
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2018 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4065

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