Perioperative Physicians More Likely to "Burn Out" Than Nurses, Nurse Anesthetists

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Perioperative physicians are at greater risk for burnout than nurses or nurse anesthetists, according to a study published in the Dec. 2010 issue of Anesthesiology.

The study, titled "Risk of Burnout in Perioperative Clinicians: A Survey Study and Literature Review," surveyed providers using the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey and the Social Support and Personal Coping Survey. Of the 145 responses, 46.2 percent were physicians (22.8 percent residents), 43.4 percent were nurses or nurse anesthetists and 10.3 percent were other personnel.

Residents scored higher than other physicians on global scores, emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Overall physicians had higher burnout risk than nurses, nurse anesthetists and other personnel.

Read the Anesthesiology study on physician burnout.

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