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It has been widely reported that general practice in the UK is in crisis(1). The increase in workload and administrative tasks, combined with a shortage of new GPs and funding, is resulting in a workforce that is more and more demoralised, stressed and burnt out(1-4).
We already know there is a link between hospital-based doctors’ wellbeing or burnout, and patient safety(5). Studies have shown that burnout can lead to reduced patient safety, and that patient safety incidents can in turn lead to burnout and reduced wellbeing(6,7). But despite the high rates of burnout and poor wellbeing in GPs, little to no research has examined the possibility of this link also being evident in primary care.
The WellGP project aims to give GPs a voice and directly contribute to research in this area. Along with researching the association between GP wellbeing, burnout and patient safety, we are examining possible individual and organisational factors that may influence both GP wellbeing and patient safety.
We are inviting all currently practicing GPs who are based in the UK to take part in a short online survey to help with this research. The survey takes no more than 10 minutes and your answers will remain anonymous.
Click here to find out more and start the survey
If you have any questions, please contact the primary researcher, Louise Hall or Dr Judith Johnson, supervisor.
This research is being conducted by Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds, and is part funded by the NIHR. It has been approved by the School of Psychology Ethics Committee (ref #16-0191, accepted 19/07/16).