Measuring Burnout Among Psychiatric Residents Using the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) Instrument

J Med Life. Oct-Dec 2019;12(4):354-360. doi: 10.25122/jml-2019-0089.


Burnout is prevalent among mental health providers and is significantly associated with the employee, consumer, and organizational costs. Nowadays, burnout prevalence is increasing and can challenge the residents' professional development, place patients at risk, and have a significant influence on a variety of personal costs. Considering its importance, this research attempted to measure the burnout experienced by Romanian psychiatric residents while also correlating demographic characteristics and work situations. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 116 Romanian psychiatric residents. Our questionnaire contained socio-demographic information and burnout assessment, which was performed using the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI). The burnout scores were classified as high burnout (22.4% of the respondents), moderate burnout (51,7% of the respondents), and low burnout (25.9% of the respondents). As such, all psychiatric residents who suffered from high levels of burnout were satisfied with their salary and their work but dissatisfied with the resources available for attending patients. From all physicians who might experience burnout, psychiatrists are most likely to search for help. The fact that the majority of psychiatric residents in our study were satisfied with their salary and their work, but dissatisfied with the available resources for attending patients might be a result of the Romanian policy of increasing incomes for medical personnel. In conclusion, adding stress management training to the medical education curriculum could help the residents to deal more effectively with the training strain, develop personal techniques for helping themselves to improve their professional path, and potentially prevent upcoming physician burnout.

Keywords: burnout; disengagement; exhaustion; mental health; psychiatric residents.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burnout, Professional / epidemiology
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Psychiatry*
  • Psychometrics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*