The study claims that the gruelling years of training for a medical job are responsible for it.
That’s really a bad news for the young doctors as well as for their patients even becuase as depressed doctors are more likely to make mistakes or give worse care, Xinhua cited the study as saying.
The findings, came from an investigation of 50 years’ studies and was published in the US journal JAMA on Tuesday, that looked for depression symptoms in more than 17,500 resident physicians, also known as doctors in training.
The following research conducted by Harvard University and the University of Michigan has been in operation by collecting and combining data from 54 studies done around the world between 1963 and 2015, and then finally came to an end concluding that 28.8 percent of physicians in training have signs of depression.
“These findings highlight an important issue in graduate medical education,” said corresponding author Douglas Mata, a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and resident physician in Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The study also highlighted a small but significant increase in the rate of depression over the past five decades.
“The increase in depression is surprising and important, especially in light of reforms that have been implemented over the years with the intent of improving the mental health of residents and the health of patients,” said co-author Srijan Sen, a psychiatrist and epidemiologist at the University of Michigan.
The researchers keenly observed that this depression phenomenon shown by the physicians will affect their professional skills, hence, affectng the patient’s health too.
In an accompanying editorial, Thomas Schwenk of the University of Nevada School of Medicine said medical training system may need “more fundamental change.”
“The prevalence of depressive symptomatology and disease in physicians in training reported by Mata et al is a significant and important marker for deeper and more profound problems in the graduate medical education system that is in need of equally profound change,” Schwenk said.