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Psychological Morbidity And Sources Of Job Stress Among Doctors In Yemen

Sami A R Al-Dubai, Krishna G Rampal

Abstract


Objective: The objective of the present study was to determine the prevalence and factors contributing to psychological morbidity among doctors in Sana’a city, Yemen. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 442 Yemeni doctors. The (GHQ12) was used as a measure of psychological morbidity. Sources of job stress were determined using a 37-item scale questionnaire. Results: The prevalence of psychological morbidity was 68.1 %. Gender, age range of 30 - 39 years old, chewing Khat, type of residence and income were significantly associated with psychological morbidity (p<0.05). Five stressors out of 37 were significantly associated with psychological morbidity. On multivariate analysis, the significant predictors of psychological morbidity were being 30 - 39 years old, patients not trusting doctors, not chewing Khat, uncertainty and insecurity. Conclusion: The prevalence of psychological morbidity in Yemeni doctors was higher than those reported internationally and it was associated with many important job stressors. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 13 (1), January - June 2012: XX XX.

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