WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A DOCTOR: THE WORK LIFE BALANCE OF DOCTORS DURING COVID-19- A QUALITATIVE STUDY
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 2067-2080
AbstractThe study is based on investigating the work life balance of the resident doctors during COVID-19.
Design: Focus group interviews with doctors, resident doctors and interns were conducted who were assigned duties in COVID 19 wards of the hospitals of Northern India.
Participants: The study was carried out on 97 doctors (Psychiatrists, radiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and Medicine) who were posted in COVID 19 wards in some or the other shift. The doctors were assigned duties in the two COVID- 19 hospitals of Northern India where the study was carried out. The long and tedious working hours in the hospital came with additional responsibility of maintaining and recording the data of COVID patients. After the 15 day long duty in the hospital these doctors were required to stay alone in a separate accommodation where they were quarantined for fourteen days. This long separation from family and friends disturbed their lives leading to immense stress. Their morale went down drastically. The issue of balancing work life was especially challenging for female doctors having young children.
Conclusion: poor work-lie balance adversely affected the wellbeing of the doctors.
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