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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156-160

Burnout in indian psychiatrists

Department of Psychiatry, Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. Poduri Gopala Sarma
501 Highlight Haveli, Street No. 6, Habsiguda, Hyderabad - 500 007, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_265_17

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Background: Individuals associated with service providing and decision-taking are prone for stress leading to burnout. Aim: The aim of this study is to find out the details of burnout among Psychiatrists in India. Materials and Methods: Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) with structured biodata sheet was sent to the representative sample of psychiatrists by e-mail. Basic statistical analysis was done to find out prevalence, analyze response pattern, and differences between those with and without burnout. Results: The number of psychiatrists that responded to survey was 110–81 (74%) male and 29 (26%) female. The number of burnout cases in one or other spheres was 51 in 35 psychiatrists accounting for the prevalence of 46%. 32% of psychiatrists have burnout. Four psychiatrists have burnout in all three dimensions, nine in two dimensions, and 22 in one dimension. Personal burnout topped in the three dimensions (63%) followed by work burnout (24%). Patient burnout was least at 14%. Conclusions: Burnout, though not very high, is to be taken seriously by Indian psychiatrists and protective and preventive measures are in order.

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