Original Research

Stress among general practitioners of Kwa-Dukuza, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Indiran Govender, Gina Joubert, Stefanus D.W. Oosthuizen
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 1, No 1 | a39 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v1i1.39 | © 2009 Indiran Govender, Gina Joubert, Stefanus D.W. Oosthuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2009 | Published: 04 August 2009

About the author(s)

Indiran Govender, Universitybof Limpopo - Medunsa, South Africa
Gina Joubert, University of the Free State, South Africa
Stefanus D.W. Oosthuizen, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Background: Stress and burnout are prevalent among the caring professionals, including doctors and nurses. The work-related stress rate among the general working population is 18% whilst among doctors it is around 28%. Stress in general practitioners (GPs) can result in multiple negative consequences. Detecting stress early may have positive outcomes for doctors, their families and the people they care for at their practice.

Method: A cross-sectional, descriptive study using a self-administered, standardised questionnaire (12-item General Health Questionnaire [GHC]) was performed on the 30 general practitioners in Kwa-Dukuza. Confidentiality and anonymity were maintained.

Results: 26 of the 30 GPs (87%) responded to the survey. 10 GPs (38%) were stressed as per the GHQ, six of whom were severely stressed. 22 reported that they felt stressed at work (subjectively).

Conclusion: The results indicated that stress among Kwa-Dukuza GPs is slightly higher (38%) than found in other studies that indicate a prevalence of 28% among doctors.


general practitioners; burnout; depression; extended working hours; stress


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