Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 352–355

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

Authors

    • Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health
  • Cynthia L. Arfken
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurosciencesWayne State University School of Medicine
  • Richard Balon
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurosciencesWayne State University School of Medicine
Brief Report

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

Abstract

Objective

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

Method

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

Results

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.

Conclusions

Implementing work hour limits appeared to reduce burnout prevalence.

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