Prevalence of burnout among surgical residents depends on its definition, study finds

Kelly Gooch –
Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Researchers said they found strong links in between regular burnout symptoms and ideas of both attrition and suicide.

The research study, published Sept. 9 in JAMA Surgery, surveyed 6,956 U.S. basic surgical treatment homeowners about burnout signs, ideas of attrition, and self-destructive ideas throughout the previous year..

Overall, researchers found burnout frequency estimates differed from 3.2 percent to 91.4 percent, depending on the burnout definition.

Multiple meanings of burnout can make it more difficult to assess its frequency among general surgery homeowners, a new research study recommends..

When burnout was defined as experiencing symptoms of psychological exhaustion or depersonalization signs a few times per year, 91.4 percent of residents were considered stressed out. However, the research study discovered 3.2 percent of residents were considered burnt out when burnout was specified as experiencing depersonalization signs and symptoms of psychological fatigue daily..

A total of 2,329 citizens, or 38.6 percent, reported experiencing signs of emotional fatigue at least weekly, and 1,389 homeowners, or 23.1 percent, reported experiencing depersonalization symptoms a minimum of weekly, according to the study. Depersonalization is specified as a state in which ones ideas and feelings appear unbelievable or not to come from oneself, or in which one loses all sense of identity..

” Future research on burnout need to explicitly include a clear description and reasoning for the burnout definition used,” they concluded

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