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Self Test for Medical Malpractice Stress


1. I am involved as a defendant in litigation and I am experiencing or feeling:
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1. Anger or irritability which is affecting my satisfaction with life

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2. Sense of reduction or loss of control in aspects of my work or life

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3. Singled out, isolation or tendency towards distancing from my peers

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4. Over- or under-activity relative to my usual pattern

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5. Anxiety or depressive symptoms

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6. Changes in appetite or eating habits

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7. Insomnia or poor quality sleep

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8. Changes in libido (particularly reduction)

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9. Emotional distancing from patients or office staff

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10. Tendency towards withdrawal from family, friends, group activities

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11. Concerns about my competence or ability to make decisions

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12. Hesitation to take on difficult problems or demanding patients

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13. Compulsion to order more testing of patients

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14. Less willingness to take on administrative decisions or activities

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15. Thoughts about changing careers or limiting practice

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16. Physical symptoms which are different or worse from normal

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17. Fatigue, or reduced energy levels

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18. Loss of enjoyment in practice

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19. Loss of interest in recreation

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20. Drawn towards mindless pursuits, e.g. television, internet

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21. Frustration that no end is in sight

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22. Stymied by the system from dealing directly with the problem

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23. Questions about value of persisting in medicine

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24. Intrusive thoughts or compulsions

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25. Alone in efforts to vindicate myself from an unfair accusation

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26. Helpless or hopeless to change the course of events

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27. Impulse to do something drastic or dangerous

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28. Thoughts about benefit of ending it all

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