Do doctors benefit from their profession?--A survey of medical practitioners' health promotion and health safety practices.
AffiliationDept. of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway.
KeywordsOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
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CitationDo doctors benefit from their profession?--A survey of medical practitioners' health promotion and health safety practices. 1998, 91 (6):206-9 Ir Med J
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractThree hundred Irish Medical Organisation members were surveyed on health promotion and health and safety issues. 64.7% responded (65.3 males; 33.7% < thirty-five years). Over half (54.9%) were aware of the safety legislation and very few reported available occupational health services. A majority wanted more such services. Nearly all believed health promotion was important yet only 35.2% always availed of opportunities to give such advice. 36.3% were often stressed, particularly at work. Alcohol was sometimes or frequently used to cope by around half of respondents. Although less than half (47.7%) used whole milk, one third usually or always added salt to their food. 15.5% took no weekly aerobic exercise but 42.0% claimed to do so three times weekly. 11.4 were current smokers. A third of women had never had a cervical smear. We conclude doctors require adequate occupational health services.
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