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Systematic review with meta analysis
High prevalence of depression in medical residents: the sad reality of medical training
  1. Shirley Schipper
  1. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Shirley Schipper, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, 205 College Plaza, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2R7; Shirley.schipper{at}ualberta.ca

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Context

Residents and medical students experience long hours, challenging training schedules and sometimes difficult work environments. Similar to other professions, such as law,1 nursing and dentistry, there is a high prevalence of depression and symptoms of depression2 in medicine. Although depression is common in the general population, depression in healthcare workers is potentially more concerning in terms of effect on decision-making and patient safety.3 This study aims to estimate rates of depression or depressive symptoms in physicians in training, also known as resident physicians.

Methods

This study was a systematic review and meta-analysis of peer-reviewed studies on depression and symptoms of depression in interns or resident physicians as assessed by validated questionnaires …

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