Physician resilience and perceived quality of care among medical doctors with training in psychosomatic medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic: a quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Publication date: Feb 27, 2024

At an individual level, physician resilience protects against burnout and against its known negative effects on individual physicians, patient safety, and quality of care. However, it remains uncertain whether physician resilience also correlates with maintaining a high level of healthcare quality during crises such as a pandemic. This study aimed to investigate whether higher resilience among physicians, who had received training in resilience-related competences in the past, would be associated with higher quality of care delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study enrolled physicians working in family medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine, and other medical specialties, who had obtained at least one of three consecutive diplomas in psychosomatic medicine in the past. Participants completed a quantitative and qualitative anonymous online survey. Resilience was measured using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, and healthcare quality was assessed through single-item quality indicators, including perceived quality of care, professional autonomy, adequate time for patient care, and job satisfaction. The study included 229 physicians (70 males/159 females) with additional training in psychosomatic medicine, working in family medicine (42. 5%), psychiatry (28. 1%), internal medicine (7. 0%), or other medical specialties (22. 4%). Participants represented four intensity levels of training background (level 1 to level 4: 9. 2%, 32. 3%, 46. 3%, and 12. 2% of participants). Training background in psychosomatic medicine was positively associated with resilience (B = 0. 08, SE = 0. 04, p 

Open Access PDF

Concepts Keywords
Females Continuing medical education
Physicians COVID-19 pandemic
Professional Physicians
Qualitative Psychosomatic medicine
Quality of care


Type Source Name
disease IDO quality
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH burnout
disease VO time
pathway REACTOME Reproduction

Original Article

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)