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Half of salaried and locum GPs are stressed, BMA survey finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2943 (Published 16 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2943

Re: Half of salaried and locum GPs are stressed, BMA survey finds

I do not deny that many GPs are stressed but how is it possible to draw any useful conclusion from a survey which has a 15% response rate? It seems extremely unlikely that responders are going to be a representative sample and one might say that the 85% who did not respond and half of those who did (i.e. a total of 92.5%) of salaried and locum GPs did not report stress when given the opportunity to do so.
The BMA should be setting an example when it comes to presenting data and not generating unjustifiable but eye catching conclusions in a way which we commonly see and criticise in the mainstream media.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 June 2017
Paul M van den Bosch
Salaried GP
College Road Surgery, Woking
College Road Surgery, Woking
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