Study of Resilience and Burnout in Doctors

This national study of the UK’s medical work force will assess resilience, professional quality of life and coping mechanisms in doctors. Our study group has contacted speciality colleges throughout the UK who have agreed to disseminate our survey to their membership by email and in college newsletters. As of April 2018 the following colleges have agreed to disseminate our survey:

  • The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • The Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Royal College of Physicians London
  • Royal College of Surgeons England
  • The Pathological Society
  • Society for Acute Medicine
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • Association of Palliative Medicine
  • The British Medical Journal

This study was piloted within a single NHS trust in 2016. I have included the link to a publication from the BMJ postgraduate medical journal that reports our findings in appendix 1.

We propose your organisation would forward an email invitation to all trainees that includes a hyperlink to our online survey. The three questionnaires that make up the survey are all validated psychological measures/scoring systems and as a result are easy to complete. I have attached a PDF copy of the survey.

This study has received approval from the South Eastern Trust Research and Development office and from Queen’s University Belfast.

This is the first study of its kind in the UK and our findings will be presented and published in due course. We would be happy to forward our results of our research to your organisation for dissemination.

If you have any further questions or require any more information please do not hesitate to contact any member of our study group.

Kinds Regards,

QO|LCARE Study group

Nicola McKinley (Surgical Registrar)
Liam Convie (Clinical Research Fellow)
Jeffrey Campbell (Consultant Surgeon)
Stephen Kirk (Consultant Surgeon)
Martin Dempster (Psychologist)


Appendix 1


Appendix 2 


Dear Doctor

We write to you with regard to an online survey that we are undertaking and would appreciate if you would consider completing a questionnaire for us. We expect that it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This survey aims to explore how doctors rate their professional quality of life and job satisfaction. It also aims to quantify resilience and assess what coping mechanisms doctors are using.

You will not be asked to enter any identifiable information and in that regard the survey is anonymous.

If you wish to proceed or would like some additional information before deciding whether or not to participate in this study, please follow the hyperlink to our online survey at a time that is convenient to you in the next 8 weeks.

Kind Regards,

QOLCARE study group
telephone: +44(0)7399328638






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