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Neurology. 2016 Aug 2;87(5):e45-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002911.

Residency Training: Work engagement during neurology training.

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1
From the Department of Neurology (P.Z.), Evangelismos General Hospital; Department of Psychology (F.A.), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences; Department of Neurology (A.K.A.), 417 NIMTS Hospital; and 1st Department of Neurology (A.K.A.), Aeginition Hospital, School of Medicine, Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. takiszis@gmail.com.
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From the Department of Neurology (P.Z.), Evangelismos General Hospital; Department of Psychology (F.A.), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences; Department of Neurology (A.K.A.), 417 NIMTS Hospital; and 1st Department of Neurology (A.K.A.), Aeginition Hospital, School of Medicine, Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Work engagement, defined as a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind that is characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption, can ameliorate patient care and reduce medical errors. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate work engagement among neurology residents in the region of Attica, Greece.

METHODS:

In total, 113 residents participated in this study. Demographic and work-related characteristics, as well as emotional exhaustion and personality traits (neuroticism), were examined via an anonymous questionnaire. Work engagement was measured by the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale.

RESULTS:

The study sample had a mean age of 34.6 ± 3.6 years, ranging from 26 to 45 years. Sixty-two (54.9%) participants were women and 45 (39.8%) were married. After adjusting for sex, emotional exhaustion, and neuroticism, the main factors associated with work engagement were autonomy and chances for professional development.

CONCLUSIONS:

Providing more chances for trainees' professional development as well as allowing for and supporting greater job autonomy may improve work engagement during neurology training.

PMID:
27481462
DOI:
10.1212/WNL.0000000000002911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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