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The state of medical practice


Data relates to the early stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the first peak in April 2020.


Doctors' experiences of the pandemic are diverse.

Asked about ten areas of their day-to-day work during the pandemic, 89% of doctors experienced at least one area with a positive impact. 69% of doctors experienced at least one area with a negative impact.


Three quarters (75%) of doctors felt overall satisfied in their day-to-day work.


A third (32%) of doctors felt the pandemic had a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

26%

A quarter (26%) of doctors felt a situation had arisen where patient safety or care was compromised.

43%

Two fifths (43%) of doctors felt a situation had arisen where their own or a colleague's safety was at risk.

We need to understand how we can work together to sustain positive changes, such as:

62 of doctors reported positive changes in teamwork between doctors – 70% of these doctors thought it could be sustained.