Burnout Syndrome during Pediatric Residency Training


Background: Burnout syndrome is a common professional problem causing mental fatigue, depersonalization, and diminished self-value. Burnout during pediatric residency can significantly influence the resident’s performance and the quality of their training. Objectives: To evaluate the burnout status of pediatric residents across Jeddah, KSA. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study involving pediatric residents across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was conducted from the 1st of August to 1st of December, 2012. The Maslach Burnout Inventory was utilized in addition to questions about their work environment and lifestyle. Results: Sixty pediatric residents (67% females) were included with ages ranging between 25 - 30 years (mean 26.5). They practiced in various institutions, mostly (41%) in ministry of health hospitals. Burnout scores were abnormal in 49 (82%) and in 19 (32%) the syndrome was severe. Males were more likely to reach a severe burnout category when compared to females (32% vs 19%, p = 0.01). Residents working in the university hospital (23%), were more likely to have severe burnout when compared to those working in other hospitals (p = 0.002). Junior residents (R1 and R2) were also more likely to have severe burnout when compared to senior residents (34% vs 21%, p = 0.013). Conclusions: Many pediatric residents are suffering from burnout syndrome. It is more common among males, junior residents, and those working in a university hospital setting. Specific strategies should be developed to prevent resident burnout.

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Jan, F. and Jan, M. (2015) Burnout Syndrome during Pediatric Residency Training. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 5, 218-222. doi: 10.4236/ojped.2015.53033.

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