BMJ findings reveal sleep problems, burnout and drink dependency due to heavy workloads
Doctors are turning to drink, binge-eating and prescribed drugs to cope with the mounting stresses of their jobs, research reveals.
Large numbers of doctors are troubled by sleeping problems, fatigue and headaches because workloads have become so heavy. And more than half of all medics (55%) are suffering from burnout, from the emotional exhaustion of their jobs.
The grim picture of UK doctors’ mental and physical wellbeing is detailed in findings published on Thursday in the BMJ Open medical journal.