Perceptions of housestaff stress and dysfunction within the academic medical center

J R Urbach, J L Levenson, J W Harbison
Psychiatric Quarterly 1989, 60 (4): 283-96
Stress, emotional dysfunction, and work impairment are seen as accelerating phenomena in residency training, and have received increased attention in the medical literature. The authors review relevant literature in this area, and note continued deficiencies in programs for prevention and intervention. The present study focuses on the perceptions of key members of the academic hierarchy regarding housestaff stress and impairment. Chairmen, program directors, and chief residents in all specialties were asked to estimate the prevalence of several impairment syndromes, to describe any existing policies or programs to assist residents, and to express their opinions about developing such intervention strategies. The results are compared by respondent group, by resident postgraduate year, and by groupings of surgical and non-surgical programs. Suggestions for further research in this area are then offered.

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