What makes GP registrars stress the most?

Fear of making mistakes and lack of sleep rate highly, but one issue outranks all others, says a report

One of the few things GP registrars find more stressful than dealing with death are the demands of study and their exams, a survey suggests.

Stressed doctor

The survey canvassed the views of 596 registrars on a host of issues — ranging from income and sleep deprivation to how they cope with being isolated from friends and family during their training placements and managing diagnostic uncertainty (see tables below).

Almost one-quarter of GP registrars reported that “dealing with death” as a trainee was “very stressful”, compared