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Stress in NHS consultants

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:534
  1. Harriet Blenkin,
  2. Ian Deary,
  3. Andrew Sadler,
  4. Raymond Agius
  1. Postgraduate student Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF
  2. Reader Research associate Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ
  3. Senior lecturer Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

    EDITOR,—Richard P Caplan highlights the fact that few studies have examined stress and psychological symptoms in senior doctors.1 We conducted a cross sectional survey of 500 randomly selected NHS consultants in Scotland, of whom 375 (75%) responded; this response rate compares well with the 77% response to the postal questionnaire that Caplan sent to consultants. We applied a wider range of questionnaires2 but report here our results with the general health …

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