Doctors are more miserable than ever, says report

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1529
  1. Luisa Dillner
  1. BMJ.

    Doctors in Britain are becoming increasingly isolated and dissatisfied with their careers, says a report this week funded by the Department of Health. “The disillusionment and disenchantment with medicine disclosed in this report among young doctors of both sexes gives serious cause for concern,” it says (see also editorial on p 1524). Two thirds of women doctors and over half the men said that they had regretted studying medicine.

    The independent Policy Studies Institute interviewed over 200 doctors five years after they qualified in 1986 about their career experiences. The sample was stratified by sex and medical school, and the response rate was over 80%. The research follows on from a previous study published in 1988, which looked at the careers of 640 doctors who qualified in 1966, 1976, and 1981.

    One of this study's main findings is that the career progress of women in the 1986 cohort had already fallen behind that of the men. They were doing less well than women who had qualified five years …

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