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Løvseth LT, Aasland OG, Fridner A, Schenck-Gustafsson K, Jónsdóttir LS, Einarsdóttir T, Marini M, Minucci M, Pavan L, Götestam KG & Linaker OM (2014).
Work 49, 113-121. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-131725.

 BACKGROUND:Concerns about protecting patient’s privacy can interfere with proper stress adaptation which is associated
with physician’s health. It is important to investigate relevant organizational confounders to this phenomenon to enable interventions that can ameliorate the subjective burden of patient confidentiality.
OBJECTIVES:This study investigates factors in the psychosocial work environment that can explain patient confidentiality’s
prominence in social support seeking among physicians, and if these factors covary differently with support seeking according
to country.
PARTICIPANTS:University hospital physicians in four European cities (N=2095) in Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Italy
participated in a cross-sectional survey.
METHODS:Questionnaire comprised items on psychosocial work environment, basic socio-demographics, presence of formal
and informal meetings at work, and measurement of confidentiality as a barrier for support.

RESULTS:High role conflict, availability of formal or informal meetings, lack of control over decisions, and lack of control
over work pace were predictors of confidentiality as a barrier to support. There were differences between countries in how these
factors covaried with confidentiality as a barrier to support. High role conflict was the strongest predictor of confidentiality as a
barrier to support across all samples.
CONCLUSIONS:Psychosocial work factors predicted confidentialityas a barrier to support seeking among physicians. It is
important to create routines and an organizational framework that ensures both the patient’s right to privacy and physician’s
ability to cope with emotional demanding situations from work.