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Features of Personality and Burnout Syndrome of Medical Practitioners

Version 1 : Received: 9 July 2020 / Approved: 14 July 2020 / Online: 14 July 2020 (03:43:43 CEST)

How to cite: Gębska Kuczerowska, A.; Rozenek, H.; Frajnt Dąbrowska, M.; Rabczenko, D.; Włodarczyk, A.; Banasiewicz, J.; Gajda, R. Features of Personality and Burnout Syndrome of Medical Practitioners. Preprints 2020, 2020070286 Gębska Kuczerowska, A.; Rozenek, H.; Frajnt Dąbrowska, M.; Rabczenko, D.; Włodarczyk, A.; Banasiewicz, J.; Gajda, R. Features of Personality and Burnout Syndrome of Medical Practitioners. Preprints 2020, 2020070286

Abstract

This observational study was ordered by the Medical Practitioners’ Chamber in Warsaw. The objective of the study was to evaluate the health status of physicians in relation to their occupational duties. Professional burnout was considered relative to different features of personality. This study was initially carried out from 2005–2008, but further analysis of burnout and personality was carried out from 2017–2018. The research tools were anonymous, validated questionnaires. The sample size was based on the size of the population— the registry of the Regional Chamber of Medical Practitioners— and literature on burnout prevalence. The respondents’ work places were randomly selected from the Mazovian District register. The test on burnout was completed by 378 respondents, while 62 subjects completed a personality test. Results showed that burnout syndrome was an occupational problem for healthcare workers. Professional burnout affected as many as 42% of respondents(n = 158). It affected two age groups in particular: physicians up to 31 years old and individuals aged 41-50. Moreover, neuroticism was found to be significantly related to burnout syndrome. In conclusion, burnout syndrome is common among medical practitioners, and neuroticism may be correlated with burnout syndrome.

Subject Areas

mental health; health service research; burnout; public health; physicians

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