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The prevalence of burnout syndrome in Polish anaesthesiologists

Aleksandra Misiołek, Piotr Gorczyca, Hanna Misiołek, Zbigniew Gierlotka
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2014.0028
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(3):155-161.

open access

Vol 46, No 3 (2014 Jul-Aug)
Original and clinical articles
Submitted: 2014-07-29

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Burnout syndrome is a psychological response to chronic work-related stress characterized by low enthusiasm towards the job, high psychological exhaustion, indolence and guilt. Being a medical doctor, both in Poland and in other countries, is one of the most stressful occupations and anaesthesiology is considered one of the most stressful specializations, which justify carrying out of the study on Polish anaesthesiologists. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of burnout syndrome in Polish anaesthesiologists

METHODS: Non-randomized cross-sectional study was carried out and data were gathered through a self-administrated questionnaire. The sample consisted of 373 Polish anaesthesiologists, 57.6% were women and 42.4% were men. A 66% response rate was achieved. The Burnout Syndrome was measured by the Spanish Burnout Inventory.

RESULTS: The prevalence burnout risk was almost 70%. The percentage of participants who indicated very high levels of burnout was 18%; 5.9% of whom fell into profile 2 considered to be clinical. The instrument applied was reliable with Cronbach’s alphas exceeding 0.70.

CONCLUSIONS: The sample is characterized by high burnout risk with 5.9% of clinical cases. Participation in prevention programs is recommended.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Burnout syndrome is a psychological response to chronic work-related stress characterized by low enthusiasm towards the job, high psychological exhaustion, indolence and guilt. Being a medical doctor, both in Poland and in other countries, is one of the most stressful occupations and anaesthesiology is considered one of the most stressful specializations, which justify carrying out of the study on Polish anaesthesiologists. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of burnout syndrome in Polish anaesthesiologists

METHODS: Non-randomized cross-sectional study was carried out and data were gathered through a self-administrated questionnaire. The sample consisted of 373 Polish anaesthesiologists, 57.6% were women and 42.4% were men. A 66% response rate was achieved. The Burnout Syndrome was measured by the Spanish Burnout Inventory.

RESULTS: The prevalence burnout risk was almost 70%. The percentage of participants who indicated very high levels of burnout was 18%; 5.9% of whom fell into profile 2 considered to be clinical. The instrument applied was reliable with Cronbach’s alphas exceeding 0.70.

CONCLUSIONS: The sample is characterized by high burnout risk with 5.9% of clinical cases. Participation in prevention programs is recommended.

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Keywords

burnout syndrome, stress, anaesthesiology

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Title

The prevalence of burnout syndrome in Polish anaesthesiologists

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 46, No 3 (2014 Jul-Aug)

Pages

155-161

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2014.0028

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(3):155-161.

Keywords

burnout syndrome
stress
anaesthesiology

Authors

Aleksandra Misiołek
Piotr Gorczyca
Hanna Misiołek
Zbigniew Gierlotka

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