n African Journal of Psychiatry - Burnout in staff working at the Mathari psychiatric hospital : original article




As there are no data on burnout in staff in Kenyan psychiatric hospitals, this study sought to document the level of burnout among the staff at the Mathari Psychiatric Hospital. This was a cross sectional descriptive study of staff working at Mathari Psychiatric Hospital. The hospital staff completed self-administered questionnaires on socio-demographic characteristics and work environment and the Maslach Burnout Inventory - Human Services and General Survey. Analysis of the data was undertaken using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 11.5. Ninety-five percent of the respondents reported low to high emotional exhaustion while 87.8% reported depersonalization. Low accomplishment was reported by only 38.6% while 61.4% reported average to high personal accomplishment. Several work- and non-work-related factors including young age, number of own children, number of years worked, heavy workload and low morale were positively associated with various syndromes of burnout. Relationships at work, with family and society were generally rated as average. The staff made recommendations on how to improve the social support system and work performance. High levels of burnout were reported. These should be addressed at individual, collective and institutional levels.


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