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Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2013 Dec 17;93(47):3773-5.

[Job burnout among physicians in ten areas of China].

[Article in Chinese]

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Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100101, China.
School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. Email:



To explore the status of job burnout among Chinese physicians and identify the risk factors for hospital human resource management.


A total of 510 physicians from 10 areas of China participated in the survey from July to October 2012.


Among them, 84.9% reported medium or higher level of emotional exhaustion, 87.8% with moderate degree of depersonalization and 81.8% with at least moderate degree of diminished personal accomplishment. The degree of job burnout was higher among physicians who were unmarried (t = 2.12, P = 0.03; t = 2.06, P = 0.04) , under 10-year seniority (P = 0.03; P = 0.01) , working at tertiary hospitals (F = 2.34, P = 0.04) or emergency department (P < 0.05) .


As a common phenomenon in China, job burnout among physicians should raise great concerns. Individual's marriage status, length of service, degree of education, hospital class and affiliated department should be considered when identification and intervention of physicians' job burnout are implemented.

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