Burnout Comparison Among Residents in Different Medical Specialties
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- Martini, S., Arfken, C.L., Churchill, A. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2004) 28: 240. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.28.3.240
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Objective: To investigate resident burnout in relation to work and home-related factors. Method: Maslach Burnout Inventory was mailed to residents in eight different medical specialties, with a response rate of 35%. Results: Overall, 50% of residents met burnout criteria, ranging from 75% (obstetrics/gynecology) to 27% (family medicine). The first year of residency, being single, personal stress, and dissatisfaction with faculty were independently associated with burnout. Conclusions: Efforts to reduce resident burnout nationally would benefit from expanding beyond the work-hours regulation.