Compassion fatigue and burnout: the role of Balint groups

Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jun;34(6):497-8.


General practitioners are often the 'first port of call' for patients with a range of mental health problems, many of whom have a history of trauma or loss. Exposure to emotionally difficult situations puts them at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. Balint groups are groups of GPs, usually facilitated by a psychiatrist, who discuss the doctor-patient relationship and provide peer support. Participation in Balint groups, along with other professional and personal activities, has the potential to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in participants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Empathy
  • Family Practice / organization & administration
  • Fatigue / prevention & control*
  • Fatigue / psychology
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome