For GPs involved in palliative care - Information about burn out and self-care
Things to think about, information, and resources
General information about doctors’ wellbeing, emotional health and burnout
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This website promotes the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Australia.
The conspiracy of silence: Emotional health among medical practitioners (642kb pdf)
From: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Prevalence and predictors of burnout in the COSA oncology workforce (289kb pdf)
Ref: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The conspiracy of silence: emotional health among medical practitioners. South Melbourne: The RACGP; 2004.
From: Centre for Health Research & Psycho-oncology (CHeRP)
Issues of particular relevance in palliative care
Confronting personal mortality
Ref: Girgis A, Hansen V. Prevalence and predictors of burnout in the COSA oncology workforce. CHeRP, University of Newcastle, NSW; December 2007.
Awareness of one’s own vulnerabilities is important for doctors
From: Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
'The Day I Started Lying to Ruth: A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer'
On the experience of personal loss as a doctor
From: New York Magazine
Learning to cope: how far is too close?
Discussion about how doctors cope with the deaths of their patients and of different coping strategies
Ref: Wolpin BM, Chabner BA, Lynch TJ Jr, Penson RT. Learning to cope: how far is too close? Oncologist. 2005 Jun-Jul;10(6):449-56.
Discussion about the challenges of maintaining hope for both doctors and patients
Ref: Penson RT, Gu F, Harris S, Thiel MM, Lawton N, Fuller AF Jr, et al. Hope. Oncologist. 2007 Sep;12(9):1105-13.