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Research Group For Healers’ Health

Zsuzsa Győrffy, PhD

Imola Sándor, clinical psychologist
Emma Birkás, PhD
Edmond Girasek, PhD
Diana Dweik, PhD
Bertalan Meskó, PhD
Ágnes Bene, resident doctor
Irén Csala, PhD student
Zsuzsanna Szél, medical student


Research topic:

The aim of our research group is to investigate the mental and somatic health and wellbeing of physicians and medical students. We have conducted several representative, nationwide surveys among these professional groups. Our most important study, the first representative survey among Hungarian physicians, was conducted in 2013. This survey was performed in cooperation with the Hungarian Medical Chamber and the Foundation for Women Healers.

The other important issue of our research activity is determining the “Central-East European paradox of female physicians”, which means the unique negative trend of Hungarian female physicians’ mental and physical health. Our previous publications have proven the health status to be worse for female physicians in comparison with the professional control group.

We would like to utilize the experience of our research in prevention and intervention: we also perform stress management and burnout prevention among the Hungarian healers.


The most important publications in the past 5 years:

  1. Győrffy Zs, Dweik D, Girasek E :Workload, mental health and burnout indicators among female physicians. HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH 14:(12) Paper 10.1186/s12960-016-0108-9. 10 p. (2016)
  2. Győrffy Zs, Girasek E: Mental health of physicians – Nationwide, representative study from Hungary. Ideggyógyászati Szemle – Clinical Neuroscience (ISSN: 0019-1442), 2015, 68 (7-8): 258–269.
  3. Győrffy Zs, Dweik D, Girasek E: Reproductive health and burn-out among female physicians: nationwide, representative study from Hungary. BMC Women’s Health (ISSN: 1472-6874), 2014, 14 (1): 121
  4. Sándor I, Birkás E, Győrffy Zs: The effects of dissection-room experiences and related coping strategies among Hungarian medical students. BMC Medical Education, 2015, 15: Paper 73.