Caring may be bad for you
- By: Melissa Sweet
Two thirds of junior doctors show signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviour, according to a study of Australian medical graduates.
Although such traits might be advantageous for patient care, the findings raise concerns about their impact on doctors' wellbeing, the researchers say.
The study's preliminary findings also suggest that the push by medical schools to produce doctors who are emotionally sensitive to their patients' needs may be exacting a toll on doctors' own health.
Graduates who were emotionally sensitive were more likely to become burnt out and exhausted during the difficult transition from university to workplace.
They were also more likely to develop psychological and physical health problems, said Dr Simon Willcock, director of the academic general practice unit at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Sydney. “Being a caring doctor may be bad for you,” he said.
The study followed 117 students, the first to complete the University of Sydney's new graduate medical