Doctors returning to work struggle with feelings of shame

A culture of invincibility in the medical profession is in need of change, according to recent research among general practitioners in the United Kingdom.

Illness had taken many of the interviewees by surprise and shattered their professional identity. Many of the interviewees said that they felt judged, and that others considered they were no longer fit to be a doctor because they had become ill.

The authors of the study suggest aspects of personal and colleague health, especially mental health, should be part of the curriculum for all medical students, if this culture is to change.

Read more at British Medical Journal