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Stress and pressure to blame for doctors' poor performance

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.866-b (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:866
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Doctors whose performance gives cause for concern are often highly committed and conscientious people, whose strengths become distorted under pressure and stress, a symposium this week on managing and motivating the medical workforce found.

    The findings are based on work with 137 doctors with performance concerns who underwent behavioural assessments, including psychometric testing. Most had been referred to the National Clinical Assessment Service, the NHS body that works with doctors who have got into difficulties.

    Jennifer King, chartered psychologist and managing director of Edgecumbe Consulting, which organised the symposium, said the potential behavioural “derailers” …

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