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Why so unhappy?

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7341.0/g (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:g

Some readers might think we are overdoing “unhappy doctors,” but the issue has struck a chord—and not just with doctors. The overwhelming international response to last year's editorial on the subject (2001;322:1073) is highlighted by Nigel Edwards and colleagues in their summary of doctors' views on why doctors are unhappy, gleaned from workshops in Britain and America (p 835). Their main explanation is that the implicit “psychological compact” between doctors, their patients, employers, and governments has changed: there is a “dissonance between what doctors might have reasonably expected the job to be and how it now is.”

Chris Ham …

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