Project WELL-MED: Well-being and health of medical students and physicians in training


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    The official duration of our FWF research project has come to an end. We would like to thank all cooperation partners and study participants for their support!
In Austria, approximately 900,000 people suffer from mental illness. Medical professionals in particular seem to be exposed to a high risk of illness (Austrian Social Insurance Institutions and Salzburg Health Insurance Fund, 2009).
About 25% of all practicing physicians und around 20% of all physicians in hospitals are seriously affected (Bergner, 2006). More than 50% of Austrian physicians describe characteristics of burnout. Hospital workplaces are often characterized by high work demands, low decision-making latitude and lack of resources to deal with these stressors (Glaser et al., 2005; Peter & Ulich, 2003). They are also associated with poor working conditions, high stress levels, and low job satisfaction.
1/3 of physicians surveyed would not choose to study medicine again at this time (DiePresse.com, 13.3.2012). These data demonstrate the need to promote health and well-being for effective prevention of burnout among physicians.