Perfectionisme in de gezondheidszorg: handig of handicap?

Translated title of the contribution: Perfectionism in healthcare: handy or handicap?

Arjan E Schröder, Christa Boer, Ursula M H Klumpers

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Perfectionism is common amongst medical doctors and, further, it is becoming more frequently seen in young people. Factors associated with this include the rise of social media and the increasing focus on social performance. Whilst perfectionism can be associated with positive characteristics such as accuracy and perseverance, it may also have a dark side: it is associated with significant mental and physical health problems. In this context, developing greater insight into one's perfectionism and means to address it would be of benefit to doctors. Perfectionism can be divided into three forms - perfectionistic concerns (PC), perfectionistic strivings (PS), perfectionism oriented at others (PO) - each of which has a different relationship to health problems and can reinforce each other. High PC are associated with many health complaints. The relationship between PS and health complaints is possibly U-shaped: both too little and too much PS are associated with many health complaints. Doctors could benefit from more balance in their perfectionism and this could be achieved by understanding their own perfectionism as well as daring to show vulnerability and leniency towards themselves and those around them.

Translated title of the contributionPerfectionism in healthcare: handy or handicap?
Original languageDutch
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2023

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