Audrius Mikalauskas, Edmundas Širvinskas, Andrius Macas, Žilvinas Padaiga
Summary. Objective. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of burnout among anesthesiology and intensive care residents, and associations between burnout and the personal and professional characteristics of residents. Material and Methods. All of 52 anesthesiology and intensive care residents employed in hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, internet based questionnaire was sent to their personal email accounts. 39 of them filled the questionnaire correctly. Data on personal characteristics (age, gender, marital status, number of children, sleeping hours, and addictions), professional characteristics (residency semester, years in residency, work in other hospitals and workload). Burnout was measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS). Results. One-fifth (20,5%) of residents reported of being burned out. As much as 79,5% of residents reported high emotional exhaustion, 79,5% had high depersonalization, and 20,5% demonstrated low personal accomplishment at work. Only female residents were burned out. 75% of burned out residents studied intensive care residency semester, rest 25% studied anesthesiology semester. Respondents living in marriage have heavily increased high emotional exhaustion (93,1%) and high depersonalisation (93,1%) scores. Conclusions. Burnout was found to be prevalent among anesthesiology and intensive care residents. Some personal and professional characteristics were significantly related to burnout. Burnout relief measures should be developed in order to prevent a further increase of burnout syndrome among anesthesiology and intensive care residents.
Keyword(s): burnout; residents; emotional exhaustion.
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