Burnout in a surgical ICU team
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- Verdon, M., Merlani, P., Perneger, T. et al. Intensive Care Med (2008) 34: 152. doi:10.1007/s00134-007-0907-5
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Psychologically stressful situations, a physically demanding workload and a high requirement for technological skills can lead ICU caregivers to burnout. The aim of our study was to evaluate their level of burnout as well as the related factors.
A self-administered anonymous questionnaire.
A 20-bed surgical ICU in a university hospital.
Patients and participants
Nurse assistants, nurses.
Measurements and results
Ninety-seven of 107 questionnaires (91%) were returned. Of the members of ICU nursing team, 28% showed a high level of burnout. They reported a number of concerns, and that they felt discomfort and suffering. There was a discrepancy between the factors felt to be important by them and those statistically related to the burnout. Among the reported concerns, only the lack of patients' co-operation, the organization of the service and the rapid patient turnover were independently associated with a high level of burnout. As many as 49% of the nursing team felt stressed.
Almost a third of the ICU nursing team showed a high level of burnout. The factors felt to be important may not be those related to burnout. Since the well-being of the nursing team is important for the quality of care, corrective actions against the related factors should be sought in order to alleviate the suffering.