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Title: Burnout and the learning environment of anaesthetic trainees
Authors: Castanelli, DJ
Wickramaarachchi, SA
Wallis, S
ANZCA/FPM Author: Castanelli, DJ
Wallis, ST
Wickramaarachchi, SA
Keywords: anesthesiology, education
burnout
learning environment
trainees
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Citation: 45(6):744-751
Abstract: Burnout has a high prevalence among healthcare workers and is increasingly recognised as an environmental problem rather than reflecting a personal inability to cope with work stress. We distributed an electronic survey, which included the Maslach Burnout Inventory Health Services Survey and a previously validated learning environment instrument, to 281 Victorian anaesthetic trainees. The response rate was 50%. We found significantly raised rates of burnout in two of three subscales. Ninety-one respondents (67%) displayed evidence of burnout in at least one domain, with 67 (49%) reporting high emotional exhaustion and 57 (42%) reporting high depersonalisation. The clinical learning environment tool demonstrated a significant negative correlation with burnout (r=-0.56, <i>P</i> <0.001). Burnout was significantly more common than when previously measured in Victoria in 2008 (62% versus 38%). Trainees rated examination preparation the most stressful aspect of the training program. There is a high prevalence of burnout among Victorian anaesthetic trainees. We have shown a significant correlation exists between the clinical learning environment measure and the presence of burnout. This correlation supports the development of interventions to improve the clinical learning environment, as a means to improve trainee wellbeing and address the high prevalence of burnout.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11055/660
ORCID: 0000-0002-5377-809X
PubMed URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29137586
Journal Title: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Type: Journal Article
Study/Trial: Survey
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