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Associations between confidentiality requirements, support seeking and health: Research among university hospital physicians in Europe - The HOUPE study
St Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In:  : Nordic research of health and work conditions of the medical profession: What is being done, and what is needed?, Oslo: Legeforskningsinstituttet, den norske legeforening , 2013Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As resources of social support can modify the process of stress, patient confidentiality may increase risk of health problems among doctors by interfering with proper stress adaptation by seeking support, termed as the subjective burden of confidentiality. The study investigated the prevalence of subjective burden of confidentiality, and whether this are associated with mental health and burnout among physicians.

We used data of 2078 university hospital physicians from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Italy that participated in phase I of the HOUPE study (Health and Organization among University hospital Physicians in Europe). The participants completed measures of mental health (GHQ-12), burnout (Molbi), (Index) of Confidentiality as a Barrier for Support (ICBS) and factors of social resources and job demands.

Concerns about protecting patient’s privacy were experienced as a limitation in the opportunity to obtain and utilize social support by many physicians. Regression analysis showed that ICBS was significantly associated with mental health and the burnout dimension of Exhaustion and not with Disengagement. These findings were present when controlling for factors known to diminish or increase the likelihood of and mental health problems and burnout. These results are the first to demonstrate that patient confidentiality is a relevant factor in support seeking and associated with health in the process of stress management among European physicians.

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Oslo: Legeforskningsinstituttet, den norske legeforening , 2013.
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academic physicians, confidentiality, social support
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99410OAI: diva2:686882
Legeforskningsinstituttet - LEFO’s seminar 2013. Oslo, Norway, November 4th, 2013.

Finansiärer: Vinnova och Stockholm City Council.

Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-03-11Bibliographically approved

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