Volume: 4, Issue: 2, Thursday, October 15, 2020
DOI : https://doi.org/10.47705/kjdmr.204202
Original article

Depression among Doctors Dealt with Accident and Trauma Cases in Abo Saleem Trauma Hospital in 2010


Background and objectives. Depression is a common disease with substantial morbidity and mortality, it is often undiagnosed and under-treated. Physicians have a relatively high prevalence of depressive symptoms, and their emotional disturbances are often complicated by substance abuse. This study aimed to determine the frequency of depression and its severity among doctors dealt with trauma cases in Abo Saleem trauma hospital, and to find out the relation between age, medical specialty of interest, different level of seniority on junior doctors and night work shift duties per month, and the depression rate and its severity. Method: The study was a cross-sectional study involves 44 junior doctors’ dealing with trauma cases. they were working at different departments in Abo Saleem trauma hospital asked to answer a standard questionnaire in 1st of July 2010. The data was plotted in software programs “SSPS version 17. Results: The rate of depressed doctors was 68.18 %. The rates of mild, moderate and severe depression were 29.55 %, 27.27 % & 11.36 % respectively. Conclusion: In our study, there was correlation between PROMID-MD and BDI for screening of depression. In addition, there was statistically significant relation between depressions but not in its severity in both medical specialty of interest among physicians and seniority levels on junior doctors. In contrast, there was no statistically significant relation between age, marital status, experience, job specialty and night work shift duties per month; and depression rate and its severity. This finding underlines the importance of better support and more flexible arrangements at the workplaces, in order to ameliorate their emotionally disturbing working conditions.