The Case of Owen Burt: Running on Empty
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Burnout is a syndrome, most commonly examined within the context of a work situation, that presents with a range of mental and physical complaints and has been defined by the core features of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduction in one’s sense of personal accomplishment. The implications on the individual and the healthcare system are significant. Burnout commonly develops in situations with low perceived autonomy and high external demands. Physicians and others in the healthcare field are at high risk for burnout. Burnout may coexist, and have common features, with other psychiatric disorders, including depression. A careful assessment to differentiate between burnout and other conditions is important. Management of burnout will need to address both the organization-level and individual-level drivers of burnout. Beliefs and attitudes may impact the psychiatrist assessing another physician for burnout.
KeywordsBurnout Physician wellness Major depressive disorder Adjustment disorder Drivers of burnout
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