The effect of profession on burnout in hospital staff

This study aims to assess the prevalence of burnout in different professional groups of hospital staff and how the professional category is associated with levels of burnout. High levels of burnout due to emotional exhaustion were observed in all professional categories according to a self-administered questionnaire. Nurses, administrative staff and technicians more frequently scored higher levels of emotional exhaustion and lack of personal accomplishment than physicians and healthcare assistants. Not all professionals scored highly for depersonalization. Emotional exhaustion scores were significantly lower in healthcare assistants than nurses. Authors conclude that burnout affects all professional categories of hospital staff.

Source: Marques, M. M., Alves, E., Queirós, C., Norton, P. et Henriques, A. (2018). Occupational Medicine.

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