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Attitudes to healthcare and self-care among junior medical officers: a preliminary report

Narelle E Shadbolt
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (1): 19.

There is compelling evidence that doctors are an at-risk group. Their high rates of mental illness and stress-related illness are of particular concern, and are reflected in tragically high suicide rates, high levels of drug abuse, and decreased job satisfaction and "burnout".1,2 All of these are powerful indicators of poor self-care.

  • Narelle E Shadbolt

  • Academic General Practice Unit, University of Sydney Northern Clinical School, Hornsby Hospital, Hornsby, NSW.

Correspondence: nshadbol@med.usyd.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

I acknowledge the support of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Ryde Division of General Practice – Doctors for Doctors Working Group, and the Northern Sydney Area Health Service – Network Committee.

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