Resilience in medical doctors: a systematic review

Nicola McKinley, Paul Nicholas Karayanis, Liam Convie, Mike Clarke, Stephen J. Kirk, William Jeffrey Campbell

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Introduction Resilience can be difficult to conceptualise and little is known about resilience in medical doctors.

Aims This systematic review discusses the existing literature on influences on resilience levels of medical doctors.

Methods The bibliographic databases PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE and PsycINFO were searched from 2008 to November 2018 using keyword search terms resilience* AND (“medical physician*” OR doctor* OR surgeon* OR medical trainee* or clinician*).

Results Twenty-four studies were deemed eligible for inclusion. A narrative synthesis was performed. The following influences on resilience in doctors were identified: demographics, personality factors, organisational or environmental factors, social support, leisure activities, overcoming previous adversity and interventions to improve resilience.

Conclusions Resilience is not limited to a doctor’s own personal resource. Published studies also highlight the influence of other modifiable factors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number136135
Number of pages8
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Early online date29 Mar 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Mar 2019


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