Work Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Medicine Residents.
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to screen for the burden of work-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in internal medicine residents.
METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of internal medicine residents from three academic institutions was conducted using the PCL-5 screening tool.
RESULTS: Off all residents surveyed, 5.2% screened positive for PTSD symptoms (N = 194). 86.1% of all trainees identified stressors during training. Positive PTSD screens were significantly higher in PGY3 residents (X
CONCLUSIONS: Self-reported stressors are highly prevalent in internal medicine trainees. Verbal/physical assault by patients and families appear to be the triggering event for most positive screens. These observations will help with future study designs to quantify the burden of work related PTSD in internal medicine trainee physicians so that appropriate supportive measures can be provided.
Published In/Presented At
Kannan, L., Wheeler, D. S., Blumhof, S., Gotfried, J., Ferris, A., Mathur, A., Hembree, E., Moyer, D., & Rangaswami, J. (2019). Work Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Medicine Residents. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 43(2), 167–170. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-018-0911-9
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine