How to Recognize and Avoid Burnout

Chapter

Abstract

Burnout is a syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment occurring in health care professionals in response to chronic work-related stress. Up to 60% of practicing physicians may experience burnout at any given time. Contributory factors include excessive workload, effort–reward imbalance, lack of control, and loss of meaning, among others. Burnout onset is insidious and often recognized late. In this chapter, strategies for burnout prevention pertaining to individuals, institutions, and professional organizations are discussed. Broad culture changes are necessary in order to address this epidemic that threatens the vitality of health care and academic medicine and, ultimately, affects our patients.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Toll 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California, DavisSacramentoUSA

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