oa South African Family Practice - Burnout - a personal journey : open forum

Volume 47, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



In this personal reflection on burnout, the context of work and its related stress is explored, particularly in a rural public health care setting. However, beyond the work-related challenges, the wider experience of stress in a person's life and developmental crises contribute to the capacity to cope with the demands of working in a resource-poor setting. The process of recovering from burnout is a slow journey that needs time and space in order to overcome the chronic exhaustion, the cynicism and the lack of meaning.

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