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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 258-262
Factors predisposing to burnout syndrome among medical staff participating in complex surgical processes

1 Department of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, University Oncology Center, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
2 Main Operating Theater, University Hospital of Bialystok, Poland
3 Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

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Dr. Jakub Dobroch
Department of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, University Oncology Center, Medical University of Bialystok, Sklodowskiej-Curie 24A, 15-276 Bialystok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_625_20

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Background: Burnout syndrome is a serious manifestation of distress among health-care professionals. Objective: Due to the specific nature of work in operating theaters, factors that affect the staff performance and therefore predispose to burnout syndrome were assessed. Methods: Based on the original questionnaire, 254 respondents working in the operating theaters of the university hospital, appraised levels of work satisfaction, sources of stress, and psychosocial burden. Work-related mental stress was assessed using the Meister's questionnaire. Burnout levels were evaluated in the group extended to 316 employees with Maslach Burnout Inventory. Results: Work satisfaction analysis indicated unsatisfactory management and remuneration as the negative agents. The majority of the respondents emphasized the maintenance of medical records as a prominent stress factor. A large number of participants (n = 221; 87%) described work as emotionally burdensome. The results showed that the highest burden was related to the following variables: time pressure, responsibility, problems, and conflicts. The examined group was qualified to the second degree of mental load related to the work. Similarly, the entire group reached a high level of emotional exhaustion. Conclusions: Presented data indicate the need of evaluation to minimize occupational burnout problem.

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