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Indian J Anaesth. 2011 Sep;55(5):513-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-5049.89891.

Job satisfaction and stress levels among anaesthesiologists of south India.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Stress being high among practicing anaesthesiologists has effects on the quality of life. Methods to mitigate the stress have to be ensured to achieve job satisfaction.

METHODS:

A survey was conducted through a questionnaire to know the various aspects of job satisfaction and job stress. The results of the data obtained were analyzed.

RESULTS:

An anaesthetists work area may vary from a small private hospital to a large tertiary centre.Depending on the number of anaesthetists in a particular hospital, the working hours and on call duties would be distributed. Overworked anaesthetists are prone to burnout due to sleep deprivation. This could lead to fatigue related error. Lesser the number of anaesthetists would mean less support from colleagues in the event of complications. Having a good rapport with surgical colleagues also helps to prevent stress.Anaesthesiologists should have adequate monitors to avoid error in judgement. Chronic stress has serious health hazards. Keeping updated with latest developments in our field helps to improve the quality of care provided. Anaesthetists should also receive the recognition and remuneration due to them.

CONCLUSION:

To improve the quality of care provided to a patient,anaesthesiologists must cope with job stress. An anaesthetist must enjoy the work rather than be burdened by it.

KEYWORDS:

Anaesthesiologists; burnout; job satisfaction; quality of life; stress

PMID:
22174471
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PMCID:
PMC3237154
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