oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Burnout among anaesthetists in South Africa : research

Volume 21, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Studies have been done to determine the level of burnout in anaesthesiology internationally, but not in South Africa.

The Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey was used to assess the level of burnout. The primary objectives were to estimate the level of burnout among doctors working in the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University ofthe Witwatersrand (Wits doctors) and to estimate the level of burnout among private anaesthetist attending an anaestheticsymposium (Private doctors).
High levels of burnout were identified in 21.0% of Wits doctors. Higher burnout scores were noted in female doctors( = 0.49), less years of anaesthetic experience ( = 0.37), doctors of younger age ( = 0.07), registrars ( = 0.22) and writingexaminations within three months of completing the survey ( = 0.15), but none where statistically significant. High levels of burnout were identified in 8.1% of Private doctors
High levels of burnout were identified, especially, among anaesthetists working in the academic hospitals affiliated to Wits.

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