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GPs set for 950 quality points

GPs are neglecting their own health by working through exhaustion and depression that they would treat in their patients.

Researchers found GPs 'did not practise what they preach' because the stigma of fatigue and depression meant they resisted becoming patients themselves. It led to a 'do as I say not as I do' approach to health care.

GPs denied themselves counselling, antidepressants or St John's Wort for depression but routinely encouraged patients to use them, the study found.

And GPs who felt 'tired all the time' were less likely to accept a routine blood test than offer one to patients, and more likely to make do with multivitamins instead.

Study author Dr Mary Gard- ner, a GP in Twickenham, Middlesex, said: 'Both [depression and tiredness] may represent a weakness of mind or body.

'The potential stigma attached appeared to lead GPs to either ignore or undertreat both these conditions.'

The research, published in Patient Education and Counselling, surveyed 286 GPs.

Treatments GPs refuse for themselves

but advise for their patients:

·Counselling, antidepressants or St John's Wort

for depression

·A routine blood test when 'tired all the time'

·Endoscopy referral for indigestion

·Diuretic prescription for hypertension

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