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Many UK doctors 'feel detached'

Many doctors feel disengaged, while almost half suffer from emotional exhaustion, according to a new survey.

The report, which surveyed 564 GPs, found that 42 per cent of them feel detached from their surroundings, with those who work in group practices more likely to suffer than single-handed doctors.

Researchers claim the survey is the largest assessment of the profession using an established test called the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

The authors concluded a "significant group of doctors is in trouble".

They said the results were "disappointing" as they believe group practices should offer more support.

They added: "The finding could be the result of group practice creating extra demands on practitioners while raising the possibility of interpersonal tensions and conflicts."

The report is being published in the BMJ Open journal.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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