The article, published in July, points out that in a high-pressure NHS, many doctors at all levels are experiencing ‘burnout’. This job-related emotional, mental and physical exhaustion can erode good patient care and may cause highly trained staff to leave the profession.
The authors challenge medical schools to prepare their graduates for the organisational, emotional and intellectual demands of medicine. The article urges medical teachers to value the art of medicine as well as its ever-expanding technological prowess and encourages them to be honest about the realities of clinical care, including the failure and uncertainty involved.
The BMJ is one of the world’s oldest medical journals and has been publishing for over 170 years. They currently publish the newest academic research for medical organisations and professionals to improve the quality of healthcare services in the UK and abroad.
The article follows a Westminster Centre for Resilience study on GP coping and resilience published in the British Journal of General Practice in May 2017. This was the second most read BJGP research article in that year and highlighted the need for resilience building to include systematic work issues.
The GP study was carried out by Westminster’s academics Dr Anna Cheshire, Professor Damien Ridge, Professor David Peters, and John Hughes, from the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Maria Panagioti, from the Institute of Population Health in Manchester, Chantal Simon, Medical Director for professional development at the Royal College of General Practitioners, and George Lewith, from the University of Southampton and visiting professor at Westminster.
The Westminster Centre for Resilience, based in the Department of Psychology, is developing a practical understanding of resilience, organisational well-being and human flourishing.