Consultant psychiatrists' working patterns: Is a progressive approach the key to staff retention?

Mears, Alex and Pajak, Sarah and Kendall, Tim and Katona, Cornelius and Medina, Jibby and Huxley, Peter and Evans, Sherrill and Gately, Claire (2004) Consultant psychiatrists' working patterns: Is a progressive approach the key to staff retention? Psychiatric Bulletin, 28 . pp. 251-253. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

AIMS AND METHOD The aim of the study was to explore how different styles of working relate to measures of occupational pressure experienced by consultant psychiatrists. A questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 500 consultant psychiatrists enquiring about work patterns, roles and responsibilities; it also contained validated tools, including the 12-item General Health Questionnaire. RESULTS A total of 185 usable questionnaires were returned; an adjusted response rate of 41%. More ‘progressive’ styles of working were found to be linked with less occupational pressure on consultant psychiatrists. Three scales were derived: positive workload pattern, clarity of role and perceived support. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS Alterations in working style may be helpful in combating occupational stress, and therefore in reducing attrition in the psychiatric workforce. Consultants and their teams should give consideration to reviewing their roles and patterns of working.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2008 14:17
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 09:24
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12217 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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