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Arch Suicide Res. 2008;12(4):344-6. doi: 10.1080/13811110802325349.

Suicidal thoughts among medical residents with burnout.

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  • 1Vincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry, Venray, The Netherlands. fvanderheijden@ggznml.nl



Recent research showed that medical residents have a high risk for developing burnout. The present study investigates the prevalence of burnout and its relationship with suicidal thoughts among medical residents.


All Dutch medical residents (n = 5126) received a self-report questionnaire. Burnout was measured with the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Residents were asked about the frequency of suicidal thoughts.


Response rate was 41.3% (n = 2115). 432 Residents (20.6%) were classified as burnout. 12% reported having suicidal thoughts at least 1 time during their residency, and 1% many times. Suicidal thoughts were substantially more prevalent in the group with burnout in comparison to non-burnout (20.5% vs. 7.6%; chi(2) = 182.9, p < .001).


Knowledge about the relationship between burnout and suicidal thoughts among these young medical professionals could be important for suicide prevention.

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