Burnout in physicians

Y Y Lee, A R Medford, A S Halim

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31 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Increasing numbers of doctors are experiencing burnout now more than ever before and the worrying part is that what we see is just the tip of the iceberg. Burnout, a state of mental exhaustion caused by the doctor's professional life, is characterised by emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and a reduced sense of accomplishment or success. Burnout has been largely ignored or under-recognised previously. This paper provides a perspective on burnout among doctors, including an overview of symptoms, the scale of the problem, the implications and causes of burnout and, finally, a strategic framework to provide a basis for managing it. Most importantly, professional bodies are urged to start taking steps to help troubled doctors. Medical Colleges should provide essential assistance, support and guidance as well as ensuring fair management and promotion policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-7
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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