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Can J Psychiatry. 2016 Nov;61(11):732-736. Epub 2016 Apr 11.

Burnout among Canadian Psychiatry Residents: A National Survey.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia david.kealy@ubc.ca.
2
Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Burnout is a serious problem for health care providers that has implications for clinical practice and personal health. While burnout is known to affect residents, no studies have examined the prevalence or impact of burnout among Canadian psychiatry residents.

METHOD:

Residents in all Canadian psychiatry training programs were surveyed between May 1, 2014, and July 1, 2014. The survey included a well-validated, single-item measure to assess symptoms of burnout, several demographic questions, and Likert-scale items to assess residents' appraisals of empathic functioning and strategies for coping with stress from patient encounters.

RESULTS:

Responses were obtained from 400 residents, for a response rate of 48%. Twenty-one percent (N = 84) of residents reported symptoms of burnout. Burnout was reported more frequently by residents in postgraduate year 2 than by those in other years and was associated with engagement in personal psychotherapy during residency. No association was found between burnout and age, gender, or location of residency program. Residents who endorsed symptoms of burnout reported higher levels of compromised empathic functioning, were less likely to consult with supervisors about stressful clinical experiences, and were more likely to engage in unhealthy coping strategies.

CONCLUSIONS:

Symptoms of burnout affect one-fifth of Canadian psychiatry residents. The associations between burnout symptoms and problematic clinical and personal functioning suggest areas of concern for those involved in the training of Canadian psychiatry residents.

KEYWORDS:

burnout; consultation with supervisors; empathic functioning; psychiatry; psychiatry resident; residency; resident training

PMID:
27310237
PMCID:
PMC5066550
DOI:
10.1177/0706743716645286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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