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Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jun;34(6):497-8.

Compassion fatigue and burnout: the role of Balint groups.

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Migrant Health Service, Adelaide, South Australia.


General practitioners are often the 'first port of call' for patients with a range of mental health problems, many of whom have a history of trauma or loss. Exposure to emotionally difficult situations puts them at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. Balint groups are groups of GPs, usually facilitated by a psychiatrist, who discuss the doctor-patient relationship and provide peer support. Participation in Balint groups, along with other professional and personal activities, has the potential to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in participants.

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