Previous research has shown that many general practitioners were
experiencing stress levels detrimental to their well-being.
To examine coping strategies of Irish general practitioners and the
possible impact of their stress on mental health and job satisfaction.
Anonymous questionnaires were posted to 226 general practitioners in the
Western Health Board.
Just over one third of stressors caused moderate to considerable stress.
Coping was important in the stress process.
Sometimes, coping strategies predicted stress-related outcomes better
General practitioners' mental health was slightly better than that of a
They tended to be satisfied with all aspects of the job, except hours of
The provision of counselling services for general practitioners
suffering from stress should be encouraged.
Stress-management strategies should include training in coping skills
and time management.
The increased use of co-operatives could help alleviate the stress of