Table 3

Doctors’ changes in their professional and personal life: themes

Main themesN doctors (/26)Example quote
1. Impact on career10“I felt hurt and victimized, as a result I stopped being a full time GP principal and became a part time salaried GP.”
2. Practising defensively7 “Everybody who knows about the complaint in a professional capacity become very risk averse which impacts on your entire professional life.”
3. Practising poorer medicine6“I am fairly sure that this results in me practicing poorer medicine”
4. Negative impact on their personal lives4“My life was ruined.”
5. Impacted on the doctor-patient relationship2“I felt that our doctor-patient relationship was adversely affected.”
  • GP, general practitioners.