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Comparison Of Emotional Intelligence Between Psychiatrists And Surgeons

Clive Stanton, Faisil Nasim Sethi, Oliver Dale, Michael Phelan, James Theodore Laban, Joseph Eliahoo

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Aims and methodA comparative analysis of emotional intelligence between psychiatrists and surgeons using the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (Bar-On EQ-i) validated assessment tool. Applied to psychiatrists and surgeons with postgraduate membership in Greater London.ResultsA total of 148 individuals were recruited. The median scores for Total EQ scores were average, with no difference in Total EQ between psychiatrists and surgeons (P = 0.872). Psychiatrists scored significantly higher in the subscales of emotional self-awareness (P = 0.002), empathy (P = 0.005), social responsibility (P = 0.04) and impulse control (P = 0.011). Surgeons scored significantly higher in the subscales of self-regard (P = 0.005), stress tolerance (P < 0.0001) and optimism (P = 0.009).Clinical implicationsThere are significant differences between psychiatrists and surgeons in the component factors that make up the Total EQ score. They seemingly correspond with widely held perceptions.