Objective: Burnout among trainee doctors is common with as many as two-thirds reporting poor health. This study aimed to assess burnout in a cohort of UK core and higher general surgical trainees. Design: The Maslach Burnout Inventory for Medical Personnel was distributed to 158 surgical trainees to evaluate emotional exhaustion (EE), depersonalization (DP), and personal accomplishment (PA). High EE (≥27) and DP (≥10), low PA (≤33) scores were taken to indicate burnout. Setting: A single UK (Wales) Deanery. Participants: One hundred responses were received; 65 core surgical trainees, 31 Higher Surgical Trainees (HST), and 4 not specified. Results: Median EE, DP, and PA scores were 22.0 (range 2-50), 7.5 (0-25), and 36.0 (19-47), respectively. High burnout by domain was: EE (n = 33), DP (n = 39), PA (n = 34), with 59% of trainees demonstrating burnout in ≥1 one domain, with strong interdomain correlation (EE:DP r = 0.351, p < 0.001; EE:PA r = −0.455, p < 0.001; DP:PA r = −0.446, p < 0.001). Female gender (p = 0.020), core surgical training grade (p = 0.012), and being childless (p = 0.033) were independently associated with higher levels of EE; whereas HST grade (p = 0.007), age >30 years (p = 0.010), married/partner status (p = 0.001), and parenthood (p = 0.015), were associated with lower levels of burnout with regard to DP. Binary logistic regression revealed lower burnout in all domains to be associated with HST status (hazard ratio 0.116, 95% confidence interval 0.014-0.980, p = 0.048) and male gender (hazard ratio 4.365, (1.246-15.293), p = 0.021). Conclusions: Burnout among surgical trainees was common in at least 1 Maslach Burnout Inventory domain. Urgent counter measures are required to protect the health and wellbeing of trainees at risk, which ought to be associated with commensurate improvement in patient safety.
|Journal||Journal of Surgical Education|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jul 2019|
|Event||2019 International Conference on Surgical Education and Training : To Treat, To Teach, To Train - Exploring Professionalisation and Excellence in Surgical Training - Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Duration: 21 Mar 2019 → 22 Mar 2019
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills