De-stressing Doctors

1st Edition

A Self-Management Guide

Authors:

  • 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