This invaluable guide shows doctors how to effectively manage their stress, before they become distressed.
The authors also acknowledge that doctors do not work in a social vacuum, and address the management, business and social positions doctors are expected to fulfil, in addition to their clinical role.
De-stressing Doctors: a Self-management Guide will help every doctor to become their own stress manager by integrating stress control techniques into the day-to-day profession of medical practitioner.
- Drawing upon their extensive experience of stress control strategies for the medical profession, the authors offer an extremely practical, three-fold approach to the subject:
Awareness - increase your self-awareness to understand stress among medical practitioners; why and how it causes harm.
Analysis - learn how to identify and measure the stress that can lead to poor quality of life, ill health or poor job performance.
Action - strategies include:
- Time management - including how to recognise and avoid 'burnout' and how to identify 'time-wasters'
- Ways of creating a more effective and stress-free medical practice environment
- Promoting understanding of the relationship between behaviour and stress and why certain patterns of behavior create or exacerbate stress.
PART ONE - THE FACE OF STRESS
Chapter 1. Stress is not a four-letter word
Stress - whipping boy or reality?
Not all stress is bad
The damaging nature of the stress response
Adaptive versus maladaptive ways of coping with stress
Change as a source of stress
A transactional model of stress
Chapter 2. Stress Diagnosis
Conducting a stress audit
Components of a stress audit
The stress diagnosis process
Who conducts the stress audit
Stress ill health and job dissatisfaction among GPs: a case study
The nature of stress among doctors
Stress and hospital doctors
Stress and general practitioners
Stress diagnosis: conclusion
PART TWO - MANAGING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 3. Time Management
Diagnosing time management problems
Using a time log
Work smarter not harder!
Set SMART goals
Make and use lists
Manage time wasters
Time management: conclusions
Chapter 4. Creating an Effective Work Environment
Macro Environment Stress
Managing physical work conditions
Micro Environment Stress
Managing your work space
Work smarter not harder II
Stress, new technology and computers
PART THREE - BEHAVIOUR AND STRESS
Why we behave in ways that cause stress
Chapter 5. Aggression and stress
Characteristics of aggression
Why we are aggressive
Consequences of aggressive behaviour
Dealing with aggression
Anger and conflict management
Dealing with criticism
Summary: managing anger
Chapter 6. Type A Behaviour and Stress
Measuring Type A behaviour
Characteristics of type A behaviour
Why we behave as an A-Type
The consequences of TAB at work
Managing Type A behaviour
Relaxation as a stress coping strategy
Short relaxation exercis
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- 15th July 2003
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BUPA Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Manchester School of Management, Manchester, UK