As part of our reading group, for the past week, we have had some interesting
discussions and readings on the theme of “Burnout”
Issues of burnout in medical professionals-Doctors, paramedics, nurses,
managers in health set-ups came out.
Key features of Burnout
There is a difference between Burnout and middle-age crises, depression
though there may be overlap.(many smiles..)
An interesting article on this theme which will be discussed further in
our group -BMC Medicine 2004, 2:29 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-2-29-
lists the following components
Emotional exhaustion: Reduced energy and job enthusiasm;
emotional and cognitive distancing from the job.
Depersonalisation: Cynicism; lack of engagement and distancing from patients;
treatment of patients as inanimate, unfeeling objects.
Personal accomplishment: A sense of efficacy and effectiveness; of involvement,
commitment and engagement; of capacity to innovate, change and improve.
The different components of a health care system
While the obvious focus can be on doctors, as is the target…
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