A Doctor's Dilemma: Stress and the Role of the CarerBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.889 (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:889
- ANDREW WIDER
John W Holland Free Association Books, £15.95, pp 182 ISBN 1 85343 306 3
In all clinical work the demands on the doctor's own emotional world are great, and this is particularly so in general practice. Here the willingness to encounter a patient at an emotional level within the surround of the continuing doctor-patient relationship is often more important than the apparent “medicine” that the relationship carries.
Most publications about stress and burnout among doctors are concerned with facts and figures. They list the hours worked and other external pressures such as the (assumed) changes in patients' expectations or the additional (and often conflicting) roles that recent legislation has added to the general practitioner's …