“Assessing the Physician’s Psychological Range of Response to Loss following recent Death of a Patient in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital”

Authors

  • Nidhishri Sridhar Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru
  • Kiran Kumar K Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bengaluru
  • N Moksha Prasad Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru
  • Ojas Balaji Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru
  • Nachiketh Rao Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52314/tjima.2023.v3i2.127

Keywords:

Burnout, Coping, Patient Death, Physician Grief, Vulnerability

Abstract

Background: Grief is a complex emotion and is extensively implicated as a cause of psychiatric morbidity. The way each individual perceives grief and addresses it is variable. With the recent Covid 19 pandemic, physician burnout was a major concern owing to the long work hours and multitudes of deaths witnessed. A population in whom there is a lack of literature about the effects of grief is healthcare workers, so this study was conducted to study the psychological range of responses to witnessed patient deaths.

Methods and Methodology: This was a cross sectional questionnaire-based study conducted between October 2021 and January 2022. The 102 participants were administered the “Adult attitude to grief” scales in addition to a brief structured interview by the investigators. 

Results: Our study included a total of 102 physicians who met the inclusion criteria. 53 (51.96%) Intern Medical Officers (IMOs) had an average grief score of 19.15 and 34 (33.33%) post graduate students had a score of 17 indicating low level of vulnerability. 15 (14.7%) faculty who answered the questionnaire had an average grief score of 16.4 again indicating low level of vulnerability and best among the three subgroups of participants.

57% of the respondents sought help to cope with the loss and 77% of the respondents agreed that having a provision in the hospital policies that encourages them to seek help when they are grieving.

Conclusion: There is a need for systematic psychological evaluation of various subgroups of physicians and formulate new policies to prevent physician burnout and significant psychological distress.

Author Biographies

Nidhishri Sridhar, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru

MBBS

Kiran Kumar K, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bengaluru

MBBS, MD (Psychiatry), Professor, Department of Psychiatry

N Moksha Prasad, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru

MBBS

Ojas Balaji, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru

MBBS, Intern Medical Officer

Nachiketh Rao, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru

 MBBS

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Published

2023-12-21

How to Cite

Sridhar, N. ., Kumar K, K. ., Prasad, N. M. ., Balaji, O. ., & Rao, N. . (2023). “Assessing the Physician’s Psychological Range of Response to Loss following recent Death of a Patient in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital”. Telangana Journal of IMA, 3(2), 23–27. https://doi.org/10.52314/tjima.2023.v3i2.127

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