Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 352–355

Comparison of Burnout Among Medical Residents Before and After the Implementation of Work Hours Limits

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DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.30.4.352

Cite this article as:
Martini, S., Arfken, C.L. & Balon, R. Acad Psychiatry (2006) 30: 352. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.30.4.352



The authors assess whether implementation of work hour limits is associated with a lower prevalence of medical resident burnout.


A survey was mailed to medical residents in different medical specialties at one university.


Somewhat lower burnout prevalence was reported among residents after implementation of work hour limits compared with the rates prior to the implementation period. The decrease in burnout prevalence occurred primarily among PGY-1 residents. Prevalence of burnout increased with hours worked.


Implementing work hour limits appeared to reduce burnout prevalence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahm Martini
    • 1
  • Cynthia L. Arfken
    • 2
  • Richard Balon
    • 2
  1. 1.Central Washington Comprehensive Mental HealthYakimaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurosciencesWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA
  3. 3.UPC-JeffersonDetroitUSA