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How to use coping strategies and become more resilient

Webb, Katie Louise, Russ, Elaine and Stacey, Mark R. W. 2018. How to use coping strategies and become more resilient. [Documentation]. Cardiff: Medical Education @ Cardiff University. Available at:

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It is well recognised that the transition period from medical student to qualified doctor is a particularly demanding time. However, the life course of a doctor presents its own challenges of equal or greater significance and the job of a doctor is becoming increasingly difficult (Figley, Huggard and Rees 2013). Evidence for this relates to organisational, system, societal and clinical factors. Specifically: pressure of patient through-put; patient expectations; lack of organisational and social support; increasing isolation - no time to develop teams and communities of practice; and increasingly complex cases and patient co-morbidities. As doctors progress in their career they become increasingly responsible for the coordination of care in response to traumatic events and patient outcomes, while also managing outside pressures. Such factors can lead to an increase in errors (Jackson and Moreton 2013). Errors may be linked to patient diagnosis and treatment, performance of skills and errors in equipment use. Furthermore, the incidence of errors increases along with the amount of sick leave, with the performance of a growing number of doctors attracting scrutiny from the General Medical Council (GMC 2014). The topic of stress management and resilience has therefore attracted a great deal of attention. This ‘How to’ is a guide to strategies that can be used to relieve immediate physiological stress responses and when practised assist in the development of your resilience.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Medical Education @ Cardiff University
ISBN: 9781907019845
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 January 2018
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 16:47

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