Balint training makes GPs thrive better in their job

Patient Educ Couns. 2004 Nov;55(2):230-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2003.09.009.


In this study, we examined Balint group participants' sense of control and satisfaction in their work situation and their attitudes towards caring for patients with psychosomatic problems. Forty-one GPs filled in a questionnaire with a 10-point visual analogue scale. Of these, 20 had participated in Balint groups for more than one year and 21 were a reference group. The Balint physicians reported better control of their work situation (e.g. taking coffee breaks and participating in decision making), thought less often that the patient should not have come for consultation or that psychosomatic patients were a time-consuming burden, and were less inclined to refer patients or take unneeded tests to terminate the consultation with the patient. These results might indicate higher work-related satisfaction and better doctor-patient relationship.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Physician's Role
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians, Family* / education
  • Physicians, Family* / psychology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / education*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Sensitivity Training Groups / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden
  • Workload