Depression In Doctors Case Study
The cases of depression in doctors are notable as indicated by Aguocha, et al., …show more content…
Timeliness Gap Analysis Timeliness of care is a characteristic of the ideal health provision in which the doctor is supposed to offer services to the patients as fast as the situation needs. The urge to ensure timeliness of care is adversely affected when the physician is mentally disturbed as a result of stress and depression. In a study by Matthews, Ryan and Bulman (2015) on the patient 's perception of the waiting time causes, the clients cited physician related reasons as one of the major contributors to delays in treatment.
The study cited illness as one of the reasons doctors would delay seeing their patients and since depression is one of the sicknesses, it is, therefore, prudent to assert that the mental capacity of the patient significantly influences timeliness of care. An important cause of delayed patient 's treatment is the doctor 's absence from duty, and this may be as a result of work burnout and depression. Peterson, et al., (2011) in their study among female health professionals identified depression as one of the reasons for long-term sickness