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Table 2 Frequency of the ways residents reported dealing with stress, separated by gender (actual numbers reported in brackets below percent responses).

From: Well-being in residency training: a survey examining resident physician satisfaction both within and outside of residency training and mental health in Alberta

Frequency of occurrence (%): Often Sometim es Rarely/ never
  Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Talk to others 48%a
(94)
80%
(172)
64%
(266)
44%b
(84)
18%
(38)
29%
(122)
8%
(15)
3%
(5)
5%
(20)
Avoid being with people 10
(19)
5
(11)
7
(30)
46
(89)
48
(105)
47
(194)
44
(85)
46
(100)
44
(185)
Sleep more than usual 9
(18)
12
(25)
10
(43)
33
(64)
37
(81)
35
(145)
57
(112)
51
(111)
54
(223)
Try to feel better by eating more or less c 5
(10)
18
(39)
12
(49)
31
(60)
39
(83)
35
(143)
64
(123)
43
(92)
52
(215)
Try to feel better by smoking more 2
(3)
0.46
(1)
1
(4)
2
(5)
1
(2)
2
(7)
25
(49)
21
(46)
23
(95)
Try to feel better by drinking alcohol d 3
(5)
0.46
(1)
1
(6)
18
(35)
12
(26)
15
(61)
79
(154)
87
(188)
83
(342)
Try to feel better by using drugs/meds e 0.49
(2)
    3
(14)
    95
(391)
Try to look on the bright side of things 44
(85)
53
(115)
48
(200)
47
(91)
38
(81)
42
(172)
8
(16)
9
(19)
8
(35)
Exercise 47
(91)
43
(94)
45
(185)
33
(65)
36
(78)
35
(143)
19
(37)
21
(45)
20
(82)
Pray or seek spiritual help 20
(39)
24(51) 22
(90)
28
54)
21
(46)
24
(100)
52
(101)
55
(119)
53
(220)
Relax by doing something enjoyable 47
(92)
49
(106)
48
(198)
43
(84)
42
(91)
42
(175)
9
(18)
8
(17)
8
(35)
Blame yourself 8
(15)
12
(25)
10
(40)
32 f
(62)
52
(113)
42
(175)
60
(96)
36
(77)
46
(173)
Wish the situation would go away 19
(37)
24
(52)
22
(89)
45
(87)
56
(121)
50
(208)
35 g
(69)
20
(43)
27
(112)
  1. a Males talk to often others less than females (95% CI, 0.41–0.56 vs. 0.74–0.85).
  2. b Males talk sometimes to others more than females (95% CI, 0.37–0.51 vs. 0.13–0.23).
  3. c Females more often change eating habits compared to males (p < 0.001).
  4. d There was a significant difference between those who drink often/sometimes and those who drink rarely/never (95% CI, 0.13–0.20 vs. 0.80–0.87).
  5. e Numbers were too small to stratify by gender.
  6. f Males blame themselves sometimes less than females (95% CI, 0.26–0.39 vs. 0.46–0.59).
  7. g More males rarely wish the situation will go away compared to females (95% CI, 0.21–0.34 vs. 0.11–0.21).