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Table 1 Number and percentage of interviews which explored subthemes

From: Stress, coping, and psychological resilience among physicians

Theme
Subtheme
Whole sample (n = 68)
n; %
GPs (n = 15)
n; %
Interns (n = 9)
n; %
Consultants (n = 8)
n; %
SHOs (n = 18)
n; %
SpRs (n = 18)
n; %
The nature of resilience
 Continuing in spite of difficulties 22; 32% 4; 27% 0; 0% 3; 38% 8; 44% 7; 39%
 Maintaining wellbeing and happiness 22; 32% 9; 60% 2; 22% 0; 0% 5; 28% 6; 33%
 Toughening 8; 12% 0; 0% 3; 33% 0; 0% 3; 17% 2; 11%
 Maintaining performance 9; 13% 1; 7% 1; 11% 3; 38% 2; 11 2; 11%
 Recovering from hardships 10; 15% 4; 47% 0; 0% 0; 0% 4; 22% 2; 11%
 Coping with difficulties 39; 57% 10; 67% 6; 67% 4; 50% 6; 33% 13; 72%
 Adapting to circumstances 4; 6% 0; 0% 1; 11% 0; 0% 2; 11% 1; 6%
 Thriving in spite of difficulties 4; 6% 0; 0% 0; 0% 1; 13% 1; 6% 2; 11%
Resilience as a trait 18; 26% 6; 40% 2; 22% 0: 0% 6; 33% 4; 22%
Resilience developing with time and experience 28; 41% 7; 475 5; 56% 1; 13% 8; 44% 7; 39%
Challenges of the profession
 Compromised basic needs 30; 44% 6; 40% 3; 33% 3; 38% 8; 44% 8; 44%
 Lack of control or unpredictability of job 10; 15% 4; 27% 1; 11% 1; 13% 2; 11% 2; 11%
 Long hours and shift work 31; 46% 5; 33% 2; 22% 1; 13% 13; 72% 10; 55%
 Social cost 12; 18% 5; 33% 0; 0% 0; 0% 4; 22% 3; 17%
 Managing the expectations of patients and their families 14; 21% 2; 13% 1; 11% 3; 38% 3; 17% 5; 28%
 Interpersonal interactions with colleagues 8; 12% 2; 13% 1; 11% 1; 13% 3; 17% 1; 6%
 Complex and emotionally taxing cases 19; 28% 5; 33% 3; 33% 2; 25% 3; 17% 6; 33%
 All-consuming work 16; 24% 6; 40% 0; 0% 1; 13% 5; 28% 4; 22%
 Insufficient organisational resources 18; 26% 8; 53% 0; 0% 5; 63% 2; 11% 3; 17%
 Maintaining work-life balance 11; 16% 5; 33% 0; 0% 2; 25% 3; 17% 1; 6%
 Maintaining or developing knowledge and skills 4; 6% 1; 7% 1; 11% 1; 13% 0; 0% 1; 6%
 Negative work culture 7; 10% 0; 0% 0; 0% 3; 38% 0; 0% 4; 22%
 Working outside of your level of ability or knowledge 10; 15% 1; 7% 3; 33% 0; 0% 2; 11% 4; 22%
 Threat of litigation and complaints 3; 4% 2; 13% 0; 0% 0; 0% 0; 0% 1; 6%
 Dealing with responsibility 12; 18% 8; 53% 1; 11% 0; 0% 0; 0% 3; 17%
 Workload and competing demands 24; 35% 9; 60% 3; 33% 3; 38% 4; 22% 5; 28%
Job-related gratification
 Doctor-patient relationship 9; 13% 2; 13% 0; 0% 3; 38% 2; 11% 2; 11%
 Medical efficacy 16; 42% 4; 27% 1; 11% 3; 38% 5; 28% 3; 17%
 Helping colleagues 5; 7% 2; 13% 0; 0% 2; 25% 1; 6% 0; 0%
 Payment 1; 1% 1; 7% 0; 0% 0; 0% 0; 0% 0; 0%
Resilience strategies (protective practices)
 Engage in leisure activities 45; 66% 10; 67% 5; 56% 3; 38% 11; 61% 16; 89%
 Support from colleagues 43; 63% 12;80% 5; 56% 5; 63% 10; 55% 11; 61%
 Support from family and friends 43; 63% 10; 67% 5; 56% 3; 38% 11; 61% 14; 78%
 Know when to ask for help 19; 28% 1; 7% 1; 11% 1; 13% 10; 55% 6; 33%
 Maintain boundaries with patients 6; 9% 1; 7% 0; 0% 0; 0% 4; 22% 1; 6%
 Prioritisation and delegation 33; 49% 6; 40% 2; 22% 5; 63% 11; 61% 9; 50%
 Standing up for yourself 22; 32% 5; 33% 2; 22% 4; 50% 4; 22% 7; 39%
 Maintain a professional approach to work 13; 19% 4; 27% 1; 11% 2; 25% 4; 22% 2; 11%
 Professional supports 17; 25% 7; 47% 1; 11% 3; 38% 1; 6% 5; 28%
 Prioritisation of basic needs at work 8; 12% 2; 13% 1; 11% 1; 13% 2; 11% 2; 11%
 Cultivate a good work-life balance 57; 84% 13; 87% 6; 67% 8; 100% 15; 83% 15; 83%
 Individual ‘healthful habits’ 41; 60% 12; 80% 7; 78% 7; 88% 8; 44% 7; 39%
Resilience strategies (attitudes)
 Acceptance and realism 35; 51% 6; 40% 4; 44% 6; 75% 10; 55% 9; 50%
 Self-awareness and reflexivity 41; 60% 12; 80% 4; 44% 3; 38% 9; 50% 13; 72%
 Maintaining perspective 48; 71% 9; 60% 7; 78% 5; 63% 16; 89% 11; 61%
 Appreciating the good things 5; 7% 2; 13% 1; 11% 0; 0% 1; 6% 1; 6%
 Belief in yourself and your abilities 7; 10% 2; 13% 1; 11% 1; 13% 2; 11% 1; 6%