Burnout in Gynaecology Residents--- A Myth or Reality

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Syeda Shaista Waheed
Ahsan Sethi



Objectives:To identify the severity of burnout in residents of gynaecology at public sector medical college located in periphery of province Punjab and To evaluate the effect of different demographic factors on the severity of burnout in residents of gynecology.

Method: This is a cross sectional study conducted at Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat from 1st -30th June, 2018. The residents of gynaecology from unit 1 and 2 were included on voluntary basis. Approval was taken from hospital ethical review board. Anonymous Performa including demographic detail and Maslach burnout inventory –human survey scale was distributed in the resident’s .MBI-HSS was used to evaluate burnout in gynaecology residents. Data analysis was using SPSS version 20.

Results: Total 40 participants filled the Performa. 65% were below 29 years of age and 35% were between29-39 years of age. 60% were first and second year residents.40% were third and fourth year residents.75% were living at home and 25% at hostel. 75% were having income between 1-2 lacs. 25% were having income less than one lac.65% were doing duties for more than 85 hours per week. Mean score for all three components of MBI-HSS including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment were in high range indicating severe burnout in gynaecology residents. This study is showing high burnout rate with increase in age, prolong working hours and stay at home with additional responsibilities. Married status is also increasing burnout due to increased variety of responsibilities. Burnout is decreasing with progression of training year as first year training is new having a lot of apprehension about the program leading to burnout but with passage of time they become more acclimatized.

Conclusion: This study showed that severe burnout is prevalent in residents of gynaecology. Certain modifications in the training program especially reduction in duty hours, more support by supervisors, and increase in the stipend of trainees could help in decreasing the burnout among the residents.

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Waheed, S., & Sethi, A. (2019). Burnout in Gynaecology Residents--- A Myth or Reality. Health Professions Educator Journal, 2(2), 27-32. https://doi.org/10.53708/hpej.v2i2.33