Staying psychologically safe as a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Jill Benson, Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia,

Co – authors: Roger Sexton – Doctors Health SA, Adelaide, Australia; Christopher Dowrick – Department of Primary Medical Care, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
Christine Gibson – Department of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada; Christos Lionis – Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; Joana Ferreira Veloso Gomes – Universidad do Algarve, Faro, Portugal; Maria Bakola – Research Unit for General Medicine and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece; Abdullah AlKhathami – Innovative Primary Mental Health Program in Ministry of Health, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia; Shimnaz Nazeer – Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine Department, Weill Cornell Medical College, Education City, Doha, Qatar; Alkisti Igoumenaki – University Clinic, Dusseldorf, Germany; Jinan Usta – Family Medicine Department, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; Bruce Arroll – Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand; Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten – Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Department of Primary and Community Care Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands;Claudia Allen – Department of Family Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, USA; and WONCA Working Party for Mental Health c/- Prof Chris Dowrick and A/Prof Jill Benson.

Reference: Benson JSexton RDowrick C, et al, Staying psychologically safe as a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic

Acknowledgements: The authors wish to acknowledge the work and support of the other members of the WONCA Working Party for Mental Health who were not directly involved in writing this article.

Competing interest: There are no conflicts of interest to declare

Ethics approval: This was not needed as this is an international collaboration of experienced clinicians and not a research project

Funding: There was no funding for the writing of this article

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