Analyzing Stress amongst Treating Physicians of Sialkot- A Cross Sectional Survey
Aim: Analysis of the causes and effects of stress in treating physicians of District ,Sialkot. Study Design: Questionnaire based Prospective study. Place & duration of study: Department of General Surgery, Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot from January 2017 Methods: A questionnaire was devised to know about the causative factors of stress and its effects ; in working physician. Each question was given marks as 1, 2 and 3 depending upon the intensity of the factor. The
... or. The questionnaire was presented to physicians working in different settings patients' care settings in public or government hospitals, private hospitals and clinics, which served as the sources for the study participants A period of 3 months was allowed to complete the questionnaire. All the questions needed to be answered. A total score of 75 was allocated. The stress was graded as mild if the score is less than 35, moderate if the score is 36-50 and it was severe if the score was more than 50. Results: Total participants were 658 from which male physicians were 453(56.62%) and female physicians were 207(25.87%),Group I-Non interventional physicians/Medical and allied departments were 499(62.37%) and Group II-Interventional Physicians/Medical and allied departments were198(24.75%). In analysis of stress factor & quality of life ; patient behavior in group I 149(30%) and in group II 17(9%), Attendants behavior was 324(65%) in group I &138(70%) in group II, Lack of diagnostic facilities were 144(29%) in group I &63(32%) in group II, Lack of therapeutic facilities in group I were 74(15%) & in group II were 37(19%). Conclusion: Responsibility of treating patients has always been stressful. Interventional procedures having serious complications and mortality especially unexpected deaths is major cause of stress in surgeons; while this factor is mild in physicians. However the quality of life being enjoyed by surgeons is a factor that leads to not to change the job.