Background and Goal of Study: Anaesthesiology is considered by the scientific community a stressful occupation with important consequences in the personal and professional life of the anaesthesiologist. This study, the first one attempted in the Greek medical society, had one and only purpose; Do Greek anaesthesiologists experience stress and “Burn out” Syndrome?
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out based on an anonymous questionnaire that was sent by post in each anaesthesiologist registered in the Hellenic Society of Anaesthesiology. A post-free reply envelope was included. Fifteen days later a reminding letter was sent to all the recipients. The questionnaire consisted of 3 parts:Part I: Personal characteristics and professional variables,Part II: Maslach Burnout inventory, Part III: SF-36 Health survey. The anaesthesiologists that accepted to reply were 223 out of 670 (participation rate: 33%). Descriptive statistics were calculated. Statistical analysis was performed with STATA 8.0 statistical software.
Results and Discussion: Half the sample experienced emotional exhaustion and lack of personal accomplishment; while the prevalence of depersonalization reached 9 out of 10 anesthesiologists Emotional exhaustion was more obvious in anaesthesiologists working in provincial hospitals as well as in young trainees. Lack of personal accomplishment was the main feeling of anaesthesiologists working for more than 20 years in the field and especially of those having executive responsibilities. Depersonalization seems to be more frequent in females than in males and in those ones with more than one child in the family.
Conclusion(s): Burn out syndrome is a reality among Greek anaesthesiologists. The extremely high percentage of depersonalization is probably due to low satisfaction and long-time working program.
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