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Every one of four doctors drinks alcohol or takes sedatives

25 January 2010 / 13:01:38  GRReporter
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Every one of four doctors becomes victim of the occupational fatigue syndrome (burnout) during the first years of work. A much larger is this percentage for doctors who study specializing in a minor, medical students, nurses and ambulance staff. 

Exhaustion makes doctors resort to alcohol and tranquilizer pills while at work, which leads to obesity, depression, psychosomatic and heart problems. Except that they harm their own health, in many cases they may also become a threat to their patients, as they may make mistakes in diagnosis or therapy. 

According to a study conducted by the health laboratory at the Medical Faculty at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, 25% of specialist doctors suffer from professional exhaustion. The percentage of "burned out" doctors is increasing in the category of those specializing in hospitals - 33%, 28% are victims among medical students, 37% are the exhausted nurses and 35% - the ambulance staff. The research, which lasted for five years, includes 1500 people working in the health sector. 

During their meetings with the treating staff, researchers note that they have taken interviews from doctors who are taking sedative pills, to which they have direct access due to the nature of their work, and cellars of alcoholic beverages consumed in hospital institutions, reported Ta Nea newspaper.

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