Exploring the impact of work-related potential traumatic events among Dutch psychiatrists

Psychiatry Res. 2020 Jun;288:112981. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.112981. Epub 2020 Apr 18.


Psychiatrists are frequently exposed to work-related potential traumatic events (PTEs). A survey was sent to the members of the Dutch Society of Psychiatrists of which 250 questionnaires were eligible for analysis. At least one work-related PTE was reported by 196 (78.4%) of the respondents, of which 177 described the PTE. Witnessing or experiencing verbal aggression (29.2%), physical violence (29.2%) or completed suicide (26.8%) were the most common PTEs. This survey implies that psychiatrists frequently experience work-related PTEs, often with a significant emotional impact. The majority of respondents considered current support as insufficient.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological / physiology
  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Psychiatry*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires