Improving the professional self-efficacy cognitions of immigrant doctors with balint groups

Stanley Rabin, Michael Herz, Moshe Stern, Israel Vaserfirer, Svetlana Belakovsky, Mordechai Mark, Joseph Ribak

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Abstract

Immigrant doctors have been found to exhibit professional distress, especially if they are retrained to another medical specialty. This study looks at the effects of a long-term Balint group in increasing professional self-efficacy cognitions of immigrant physicians treating drug addicts in a home-based community program in their adopted homeland. Results of the group showed positive significant changes in specific self-efficacy cognitions related to treatment of drug addicts in the community, and an increase in psychosocial self-efficacy from baseline to three other assessment points. The importance of long-term Balint groups with doctors in general and with retraining immigrant doctors in particular is also carefully elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Volume33
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

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