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Occupational Distress in Doctors: The Effect of an Induction Programme

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02838290
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 20, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 31, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Asta Medisauskaite, Birkbeck, University of London

Brief Summary:

Background: Over 39% of approximately 3,000 doctors (The British Medical Association quarterly survey, 2015) admitted to frequently feeling drained, exhausted, overloaded, tired, low and lacking energy. Such occupational distress may link to psychological and physical difficulties in doctors and have negative outcomes for organization and patients. The aim of the current study is to investigate the impact of an induction programme on occupational distress of doctors.

Methods/design: Doctors will be invited to take part in an online research. Participants will be randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. Participants in the experimental groups will complete one of the induction topics (about stress at work). Before and after an induction programme participants will be asked to fill in an online survey about their current occupational distress and organizational well-being.

Discussion: The investigators expect that doctors' psychological, physiological and organizational well-being will improve after an induction programme which should serve as a resource for better doctor's own health understanding.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Burnout, Professional Anxiety Grief Adaptation, Psychological Eating Behavior Alcohol Drinking Drug Use Other: Induction Other: Control group Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 232 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Other
Actual Study Start Date : July 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Induction Other: Induction
Participants will be randomly assigned (computer generated straight away after clicking the link to the research) to one of 4 experimental conditions: stress at work, dealing with a patient's death, managing stress at work or all topics together. Each module includes brief reflection parts and quizzes. Participants will be asked to fill in an online survey just before the induction and a week after. The survey is about current occupational distress and organizational factors.

Control group Other: Control group
Participants in the control group will be asked to fill in an online survey, but will not have any task at time-1. However, participants in the control group will be invited to complete induction programme after time-2 (a week time after time-1) in ensure the same expectations in both, experimental and control, groups.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Anxiety Disorder Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  2. The Grief Inventory [ Time Frame: A week ]
  3. The Coping Mechanisms Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
    Self-distraction, active coping, substance use, use of emotional support, use of instrumental support, positive reframing, humour, self-blame

  4. The Psychiatric Morbidity Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  5. The Physical Symptoms Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  6. The Insomnia Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  7. The Binge Eating Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  8. The Burnout Inventory [ Time Frame: A week ]
  9. Alcohol use [ Time Frame: A week ]
  10. Drug use [ Time Frame: A week ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Effort-Reward Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  2. The Work Engagement Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]
  3. The Work-Family Conflict Scale [ Time Frame: A week ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medical doctors across all specialties and professional grades who have a regular contact with patients and works in the United Kingdom.
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Asta Medisauskaite, Doctoral Researcher, Birkbeck, University of London Identifier: NCT02838290    
Other Study ID Numbers: 01N/A
First Posted: July 20, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 31, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Asta Medisauskaite, Birkbeck, University of London:
Psychiatric morbidity
Alcohol and drug use
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Burnout, Professional
Burnout, Psychological
Alcohol Drinking
Stress, Psychological
Behavioral Symptoms
Drinking Behavior
Occupational Stress
Occupational Diseases