Surveys Predictive of Burnout Risk Factors among Surgeons

March 28, 2012 | Risk Management News

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E-mailing surveys such as the Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey and Profile of Mood States (POMS) can help identify signs of burnout among surgeons and be a helpful part of an assessment for preventive interventions, according to a study published in the April 2012 Surgery. Of 313 respondents to the e-mail surveys in the United Kingdom, one-third indicated high mean levels of exhaustion and cynicism indicative of burnout. Although respondents represented a range of specialties and varying work hours and situations, the prevalence of factors associated with burnout was not associated with characteristics such as specialty, age, gender, or work hours per week.

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