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RMJ. 2019; 44(1): 203-206

Professional Life Stress among Medical Doctors in Public and Private Hospitals

Shahzad Khan Siddique, Saira Javed, Umm-e- Siddiqa.

Objective: To explore the professional life stress in government and private medical doctors of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan.
Methodology: In this cross-sectional study, data were collected through convenient and purposive sampling technique, during the months of January and February 2018, from different government and private hospitals (N=160) of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Professional Life Stress Scale developed by David Fontana along with demographic sheet was used to measure the amount of experienced stress by doctors in their professional life. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 24.
Results: Out of 160 doctors, 80% had professional life stress. Age was significantly positively correlated with professional life stress and negatively correlated with working hours per week. No difference on professional life stress was found in years of services.
Conclusion: Professional life stress is destructive for not only physical health but equally harmful for emotional or mental health. Disturbed professional life has great potential to lead doctors towards stress, burnout, poor work performance even accidents during working hours and after that.

Key words: Professional Life Stress, Survey, Medical doctors of Rawalpindi and Islamabad

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