Burnout in European family doctors: the EGPRN study

Jean-Karl Soler, Hakan Yaman, Magdalena Esteva, Frank Dobbs, Radost Spiridonova Asenova, Milica Katic, Zlata Ozvacic, Jean Pierre Desgranges, Alain Moreau, Christos Lionis, Péter Kotányi, Francesco Carelli, Pawel R. Nowak, Zaida de Aguiar Sá Azeredo, Eva Marklund, Dick Churchill, Mehmet Ungan, European General Practice Research Network Burnout Study Group European General Practice Research Network Burnout Study Group

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    Introduction. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of burnout, and of associatedfactors, amongst family doctors (FDs) in European countries.Methodology. A cross-sectional survey of FDs was conducted using a custom-designed andvalidated questionnaire which incorporated the Maslach Burnout Inventory Human ServicesSurvey (MBI-HSS) as well as questions about demographic factors, working experience, health,lifestyle and job satisfaction. MBI-HSS scores were analysed in the three dimensions of emotionalexhaustion (EE), depersonalization (DP) and personal accomplishment (PA).Results. Almost 3500 questionnaires were distributed in 12 European countries, and 1393 werereturned to give a response rate of 41%. In terms of burnout, 43% of respondents scored high forEE burnout, 35% for DP and 32% for PA, with 12% scoring high burnout in all three dimensions.Just over one-third of doctors did not score high for burnout in any dimension. High burnout wasfound to be strongly associated with several of the variables under study, especially those relativeto respondents’ country of residence and European region, job satisfaction, intention tochange job, sick leave utilization, the (ab)use of alcohol, tobacco and psychotropic medication,younger age and male sex.Conclusions. Burnout seems to be a common problem in FDs across Europe and is associatedwith personal and workload indicators, and especially job satisfaction, intention to change joband the (ab)use of alcohol, tobacco and medication. The study questionnaire appears to bea valid tool to measure burnout in FDs. Recommendations for employment conditions of FDsand future research are made, and suggestions for improving the instrument are listed.Keywords. Burnout, Europe, general practice, job satisfaction, job stress.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-265
    JournalFamily Practice
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Aug 2008


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