Objectives: To measure burnout in a cohort of neonatologists and to explore its association with several psychological and biographic factors. Materials and methods: A total of 110 neonatologists filled in a personal questionnaire composed of four parts: (a) biographic data, (b) personal beliefs, (c) attitudes toward clinical decisions and (d) a validated tool (the Link Burnout Questionnaire [LBQ]) to assess their burnout. The LBQ categorizes burnout into four subscales: psycho-physical exhaustion, relationship deterioration, sense of professional failure and disillusion. Scores of each subscale range from 6 (minimum) to 36 (maximum). Burnout values were matched with the data of the personal questionnaire. Results: Most neonatologists (60%-65%) were in the "at risk" range for burnout. High burnout was experienced by 30% of the neonatologists. Having no children is associated with low rates of burnout; work experience of less than 5 years, believing that living with a physical disability is unworthy and having recurrent death ideation are associated with high rates of burnout. The attitude to resuscitating a 24-week baby is inversely correlated with the disillusion rate. Conclusion: In our cohort, burnout exceeds the alarm threshold in one-third of cases. Some of the risk factors we examined were correlated with burnout and should be considered in future prevention programs.

Bellieni, C.V., Righetti, P., Ciampa, R., Iacoponi, F., Coviello, C., & Buonocore, G. (2012). Assessing burnout among neonatologists. THE JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE, 25(10), 2130-2134 [10.3109/14767058.2012.666590].

Assessing burnout among neonatologists

Bellieni, C. V.;Iacoponi, F.;Coviello, C.;Buonocore, G.
2012

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Objectives: To measure burnout in a cohort of neonatologists and to explore its association with several psychological and biographic factors. Materials and methods: A total of 110 neonatologists filled in a personal questionnaire composed of four parts: (a) biographic data, (b) personal beliefs, (c) attitudes toward clinical decisions and (d) a validated tool (the Link Burnout Questionnaire [LBQ]) to assess their burnout. The LBQ categorizes burnout into four subscales: psycho-physical exhaustion, relationship deterioration, sense of professional failure and disillusion. Scores of each subscale range from 6 (minimum) to 36 (maximum). Burnout values were matched with the data of the personal questionnaire. Results: Most neonatologists (60%-65%) were in the "at risk" range for burnout. High burnout was experienced by 30% of the neonatologists. Having no children is associated with low rates of burnout; work experience of less than 5 years, believing that living with a physical disability is unworthy and having recurrent death ideation are associated with high rates of burnout. The attitude to resuscitating a 24-week baby is inversely correlated with the disillusion rate. Conclusion: In our cohort, burnout exceeds the alarm threshold in one-third of cases. Some of the risk factors we examined were correlated with burnout and should be considered in future prevention programs.
Bellieni, C.V., Righetti, P., Ciampa, R., Iacoponi, F., Coviello, C., & Buonocore, G. (2012). Assessing burnout among neonatologists. THE JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE, 25(10), 2130-2134 [10.3109/14767058.2012.666590].
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