STRESS SYNDROME;

ARE DOCTOR WORKING TOO HARD?

  • Sara Sadiq Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Zainab Rabail Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Muhammad Fazal Hussain Qureshi Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Muzna Shah Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Mahira Lakhani Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Fahad Khalid Soleja Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Areeba Shaikh Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Munira Sarfaraz Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Syed Mustafa Ali Shah Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Hira Farhan Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Duaa Nini Ziauddin University Karachi.
  • Tehreem Fatima Ziauddin University Karachi.
Keywords: House Officer Stress Syndrome, Cognitive Sleep Debt, Pager Policy

Abstract

Background: The house officers face multiple challenging situations at work throughout their internship year leading to House Officer Stress Syndrome. Objectives: The paper addresses the aspects of house officer stress syndrome and its influence on their work. Study Design: Cross sectional study. Setting: Tertiary health care setup of Karachi. Period: October to November 2017. Method: A self-designed and self-explanatory questionnaire was prepared and distributed among house officers during work hours. Verbal consent was taken. Confidentiality of the participants was observed. The data was analyzed using SPSS-20, ANOVA and also via a 5 point Linkert scale. Result: A total of 278 responses were obtained from 13 different hospitals, maximum from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Among the respondents, 83.9% were females and 15.8% were males. Mean age was 24. Around 42.6% worked 96 hours weekly while 64% reported to be on call 7-9 times monthly. On call available sleep time was as low as 1-2 hours. Nearly 56.4% found work physically tiring. Conclusion: It can be concluded that house officers are susceptible to stress which affects their overall work performance. Henceforth, a holistic approach must be taken in order to promote a healthy working environment and effective patient care.

Author Biographies

Sara Sadiq, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Post-graduate M.Phil Trainee,

Department of Physiology,

 

Zainab Rabail, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Muhammad Fazal Hussain Qureshi, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Muzna Shah, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Mahira Lakhani, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Fahad Khalid Soleja, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Areeba Shaikh, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Munira Sarfaraz, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Syed Mustafa Ali Shah, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Hira Farhan, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Duaa Nini, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Tehreem Fatima, Ziauddin University Karachi.

Undergraduate MBBS Student,

 

Published
2019-02-10