Prevalence of Stress among International Post-graduate Doctors at the University Malaya Medical Centre (ummc), Kuala Lumpur 859-862
Associate Professor, Omer Mohd Hussein Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine National Ribat University, Khartoum, Sudan. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The stress which affects the doctors is receiving increased attention. Researchers have shown that hospital doctors are under high levels of stress from a number of sources. This is of importance because it is known that the quality of care that the physicians give is directly related to their own health.
To study the prevalence of stress among international postgraduate doctors at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur.
Post-graduate doctors completed General Health Questionnaires (GHQ-28) which covered Somatic Symptoms, Anxiety and Insomnia, Social Dysfunction and Severe Depression. The results were converted into a percentage scale by summing the scores of the individual items; in this overall scale, higher scores indicated increased stress. A total of 50 international doctors from different clinical and non-clinical medical subspecialties took part in the study.
The prevalence of stress among the international doctors was 54% (95% CI: 44â€“63%). The highest levels of stress were reported for â€śAnxiety and Insomniaâ€ť and the lowest level was reported for â€śSevere Depressionâ€ť. Furthermore, the individual questions analysis revealed the highest scores for three questions: â€śfelt constantly under strainâ€ť, â€śbeen feeling well and in good healthâ€ť and â€śbeen managing to keep yourself busy and occupiedâ€ť.
The results should be interpreted with caution, as the study is based on a small sample. However, it does provide a useful first insight into stress and dissatisfaction, which have important implications for the wellbeing of international post-graduate doctors.