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Exploring resilience in family physicians working in primary health care in the Cape Metropole

dc.contributor.authorWagner, Leighen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPather, Michael K.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-19T10:18:08Z
dc.date.available2019-11-19T10:18:08Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationWagner, L. & Pather, M. K. 2019. Exploring resilience in family physicians working in primary health care in the Cape Metropole. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 11(1):a1982, doi:10.4102/phcfm.v11i1.1982
dc.identifier.issn2071-2936 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2071-2928 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/phcfm.v11i1.1982
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106854
dc.descriptionCITATION: Wagner, L. & Pather, M. K. 2019. Exploring resilience in family physicians working in primary health care in the Cape Metropole. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 11(1):a1982, doi:10.4102/phcfm.v11i1.1982.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund
dc.description.abstractBackground: Despite the high prevalence of burnout among doctors, studies have shown that some doctors who choose to remain in primary healthcare (PHC) survive, even thrive, despite stressful working conditions. The ability to be resilient may assist family physicians (FPs) to adapt successfully to the relatively new challenges they are faced with. This research seeks to explore resilience through reflection on the lived experiences of FPs who have been working in PHC. Aim: To explore the resilience of FPs working in PHC in the Cape Metropole. Setting: The study was conducted among FPs in PHC in the Cape Town metropole, Western Cape province, South Africa. Methods: A phenomenological qualitative study involved interviewing 13 purposefully selected FPs working in the public sector PHC in the Cape Metropole. Data were analysed using the framework method. Results: The mean resilience scale was moderate. Six key aspects of resilience were identified: having a sense of purpose, ‘silver lining’ thinking, having several roles with autonomy, skilful leadership, having a support network and self-care. Conclusion: The aspects that contribute to FP resilience are multi-faceted. It entails having a sense of purpose, ‘silver lining’ thinking, having several roles with autonomy, skilful leadership, having a support network and valuing self-care. Our exploration of resilience in FPs in the Cape Metropole corroborates the findings of previous studies. To ensure physician wellness and improved patient outcomes, we recommend that individual and organisational strategies should be implemented in the absence of long-term policy changes.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1982
dc.format.extent10 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS
dc.subjectPhysicians (General practice) -- City of Cape Town (South Africa)en_ZA
dc.subjectFamily medicine -- City of Cape Town (South Africa)en_ZA
dc.subjectPrimary health care -- City of Cape Town (South Africa)en_ZA
dc.subjectResilience (Personality trait)en_ZA
dc.titleExploring resilience in family physicians working in primary health care in the Cape Metropoleen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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