‘Overwhelming shame’ an obstacle for doctors returning after illness

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Research published in online the journal BMJ Open from interviews with 19 doctors revealed those who had been on long-term sick leave (six months or more) found it hard to return to work because they were overwhelmed with feelings of shame and failure, and feared the disapproval of colleagues.

“Self-stigmatising views, which possibly emerge from the belief that ‘doctors are invincible’