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Preventing and Managing Burnout: What have we learned?

Volume 2 - Issue 1

Shailesh Kumar*

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    • Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    *Corresponding author: Shailesh Kumar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Waikato District Health Board, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Waikato Clinical Campus, University of Auckland, Hamilton, New Zealand

Received: January 16, 2018;   Published: January 30, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.02.000703

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Burnout is a psychological response to exposure to chronic stressors at work and is characterised by high levels of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and reduced personal accomplishment. Expression of burnout is said to be mediated by internal and external factors that act in predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating and protective roles. Active screening for burnout in employees using affective, cognitive, behavioural and motivational signals helps raise awareness and ensure prompt intervention is offered. Systematic reviews have identified the significance of combining individual and organisational intervention strategies which appear to work best if intensive and booster sessions are offered in conjunction.

Key words: Burnout; Organisational stress; Workplace stress; Screening

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