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Stress and burnout in anaesthesia

Nyssen, Anne-Sophie; Hansez, Isabelle

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology: June 2008 - Volume 21 - Issue 3 - p 406–411
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e3282ff85cd
Anesthesia and medical disease: Edited by François Clergue

Purpose of review Recently, many researchers have been studying stress and burnout in anaesthesia. Some researchers have examined the effects of stress in the workplace. Others have identified some job characteristics that have an impact on anaesthetist's well-being. Yet, few studies use the same measure of stress and/or define the concept of stress in the same way, making comparison and aggregation of results difficult, and therefore minimizing the general impact of these research findings.

Recent findings The following review focuses on the increasing recent research on stress and burnout in anaesthesia regarding the existing stress models and shows where the progress has been made, and where difference of opinion and divergence of approach remain.

Summary From the referred studies, the review challenges the more practical problems of prevention of stress and burnout and provides some avenues for future investigations.

Department of Work Psychology, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

Correspondence to Dr A.S. Nyssen, Department of Work Psychology, University of Liège, Belgium, B32, Bld du Rectorat, 4000 Liège, Belgium Tel: +32 43664666; e-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.