Causes of Chronic Stress and Impact on Physician Health

  • Amanda Ritsma
  • Lauren ForrestEmail author


This chapter describes the impact of acute and chronic stress, including discussion of the long-term health risks associated with chronic stress. The chapter focuses on factors that contribute to chronic stress in physicians, including individual factors, professional/practice factors, and organizational factors. It includes discussion of both physical and mental health sequelae, as well as discussion of the impact of chronic stress on relationships and connection.


Stress Homeostasis Allostasis Perfectionism Acute stress Chronic stress General adaptation syndrome Sympathetic nervous system Burnout Physician health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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