Burnout syndrome in medical and non medical staff. Preliminary results

R. De Mercato, G. Cantiello, U. Celentano, A. Romano, D. Guarnaccia, M. Di Pietro

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The purpose of our study was to assess the prevalence of the burnout syndrome in medical and non medical staff members. A questionnaire concerning demographic data, professional activity, job satisfaction and feelings of burnout was elaborated by our work group and sent out to various centers. Till May 1994, 977 questionnaires were received and reviewed. The respondents were divided by professional activity in physicians, nurses and ancillary workers. A high compliance to the questionnaire (65,1%) was seen, and 45,5% of the respondents (108 physicians, 241 nurses and 61 ancillary workers) declared symptoms of burnout. Significant statistical difference of burnout was found in nurses versus physicians and ancillary workers, and in physicians versus ancillary workers. The distribution of burnout in various clinical specialities was also considered. No significant difference was found between physicians and nurses when divided by different specialities while a higher but not significant prevalence was in physicians (58%) and nurses (50%) of oncology department. Preliminary data suggest that the burnout syndrome is shared in the same way by physicians in different specialities and that nurses have a higher prevalence than physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalNew Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • burnout syndrome
  • medical staff
  • non medical staff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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