An interpretative phenomenological analysis exploring the influence of professional identity on medical doctors’ perceived wellbeing

Szulik, M. and Cachia, Moira ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4470-1701 (2021) An interpretative phenomenological analysis exploring the influence of professional identity on medical doctors’ perceived wellbeing. Psychiatria i Psychologia Kliniczna (Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology). ISSN 1644-6313 (In Press)

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Abstract

Aim: This qualitative paper aims to develop an understanding of how professional identity influences doctors’ perceived wellbeing.
Material and Method: A qualitative approach using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith and Osborn, 2015) was implemented to examine the experience of six tenured physicians. Semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions allowed for in-depth investigation of the ways interviewees make sense of their experiences and feelings, and the meaning they assign to the concept of their professional identity.
Results: Three superordinate theme clusters representing Professional Identity, Personal Identity, and Sensemaking processes were identified from the data. The Professional Identity theme focused on data about doctors’ characteristics such as benevolence and a sense of commitment. The Personal Identity theme distinguished different ways participants thought and felt about themselves. The Sensemaking theme however, referred to the experience by the professionals’ cognitive processing and cognitive dissonance. Results suggest that professional identity had a substantial influence on physicians’ perceived wellbeing.
Conclusion: This research offers theoretical implications for approaching the study of physicians’ professional identity, and practical implications which may imply that the development of professional identity can be of significant value for doctors’ positive wellbeing. However, some dimensions of physicians’ identity, such as commitment or self-concept, may contribute to a resultant negative affect. These considerations should be taken into account in future medical students’ education programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctors, professional identity, wellbeing, qualitative research, interpretative phenomenological analysis
Subjects: Psychology
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Depositing User: Moira Cachia
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2022 10:52
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 10:53
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8574

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