Burnout syndrome should not be underestimated

Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 2019 Nov;65(11):1356-1360. doi: 10.1590/1806-9282.65.11.1356.


Objectives: Burnout syndrome can be seen among health professionals at every stage of their careers. The incidence of burnout syndrome among health care professionals has increased in recent years and varies between countries and depending on different areas of specialization and work units. It is known that burnout syndrome significantly affects the work and social life of individuals. We aimed to investigate the effect of burnout syndrome on trauma and infection.

Methods: The study was conducted in the Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Faculty of Medicine, Training and Research Hospital. All health professionals working at the hospital were included in the study. The Maslach Burnout Inventory was applied to the participants, who were asked about infective disease and trauma history over the past year.

Results: The total burnout rate was 77.8% among participants. We found that the rate of trauma and infective disease history was significantly high in employees who had burnout syndrome (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Burnout syndrome is a common and important problem among health professionals that also has adverse effects on people's daily life, especially increasing the incidence of infection and trauma.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Burnout, Psychological / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • Young Adult