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Burnout in Family doctors in low and middle income countries: a mixed methods study

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Toby Helliwell
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Physician burnout is a global challenge, but is a particular issue for family physicians especially in low and middle income countries. The World Health Organisation believes that the only way to achieve Universal Health Coverage throughout the world is through developing and increasing health delivered in community settings. In many countries however, there is a significant shortfall in the family medicine workforce and this is very much the case in low and middle income countries where robust community healthcare structures can be fragmented and under severe resource constraints. This, coupled with the high levels of many leaving the profession owing to burn-out is contributing to huge constraints on health care delivery and quality in many parts of the world.

This project aims to try and better understand the reasons for burnout in family physicians in low and middle income countries. Firstly, the PhD student will systematically review scientific literature relating to this issue to get a sense of the problem world-wide. The results of this activity will help develop a list of causes for burnout in family physicians that will be used to guide an interview study of family physicians working in low and middle income countries to gain a deep understanding of the issue of burnout. Common themes will be identified from these interviews and used to develop a questionnaire which will be distributed much more widely to family physicians in low and middle income countries. This will help gauge the scale of the problem and help direct further research to develop region specific and global initiatives to support family physicians to reduce burnout.

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