De-stressing Doctors

1st Edition

A Self-Management Guide

Authors:

  • Valerie Sutherland
  • Cary Cooper
    • Print ISBN 9780750687836

    Key Features

    • 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.

    Table of Contents

    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
    Defining 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
    Action planning
    Work smarter not harder!
    Set SMART goals
    Make and use lists
    Manage time wasters
    Managing meetings
    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
    Understanding conflict
    Anger management
    Dealing with criticism
    Role negotiation
    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
    Relaxation techniques
    Short relaxation exercis

    Details

    No. of pages:
    176
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2003
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Butterworth-Heinemann
    Print ISBN:
    9780750687836

    About the authors

    Valerie Sutherland

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Sutherland-Bradley Associates

    Cary Cooper

    Affiliations and Expertise

    BUPA Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Manchester School of Management, Manchester, UK