Measuring wellbeing in doctors: an expert delphi study

Primary Objective: To define what measures of wellbeing in doctors in the National Health Service should be used.
Secondary Objective: To define what measures of wellbeing in doctors in the National Health Service should be used for.

Primary Endpoint: A consensus opinion on a core outcome set to measure the wellbeing of doctors in the National Health Service.
Secondary Endpoint: A consensus opinion on what a core outcome set measuring the wellbeing of doctors in the National Health Service should be used for.

Contributors

Principal Investigator: Dr Gemma Simons
Supervisors: Prof David Baldwin and Prof Julia Sinclair

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: June 2019 - February 2020
Funding source(s): Health Education England


Health Area

Disease Category: Mental health

Disease Name: N/A

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 100

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: N/A

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Conference participants
- Consumers (patients)
- Economists
- Governmental agencies
- Methodologists
- Patient/ support group representatives
- Policy makers
- Regulatory agency representatives
- Researchers
- Service commissioners
- Service providers
- Service users
- Statisticians

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research
- COS for practice

Method(s)

- Consensus conference
- Delphi process
- Focus group(s)
- Interview
- Survey
- Systematic review

The Delphi method of asking a group of experts to respond to questionnaires will be used to obtain a consensus opinion. The questionnaires are informed by a systematic review of wellbeing measures used in doctors. The first Delphi round will be conducted face to face at a conference. Subsequent rounds will be conducted online.

Experts are defined in this study as “individuals who have been or are involved in the concept, design, organisation, delivery, teaching, audit, governance, policy, guidance, or research, of wellbeing in health and social care professional wellbeing”. Experts from regulatory bodies and commissioners will also be included.

Experts were identified through previous wellbeing conference proceedings, publications on wellbeing including policy and guidance and recommendations from other experts.

Experts will be given the summarised results of surveys and individual interviews completed by doctors to help inform their answers. They will also be given the summarised results of patient and the public focus groups.

The 9 point Likert scale will be used in the Delphi Surveys. Where 75% of participants have scored an outcome 1-3, this outcome will be considered of limited importance. Where an outcome is score 4-6 by 75% of participants, an outcome will be considered important, but not critical. When an outcome is scored 7-9 by 75% of participants it will be considered critical.

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