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Resilience: Five minutes with . . . Nicola McKinley

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 15 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4332
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The surgical trainee talks to Abi Rimmer about a nationwide survey of doctors’ resilience

“Currently, the only study on how resilient NHS doctors are is our pilot study. Our team at Queen’s University Belfast ran a survey in a single NHS trust in Northern Ireland in August 2016. Overall 283 doctors were surveyed and we found that, despite being resilient, 37% of them were still really burnt out and 72% had high traumatic stress from their job.1 So we’ve proved that, in our trust, despite being resilient, people are burnout.

“These findings were topical but gave us limited information, …

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