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Prevalence and degree of burnout and associated factors from five major specialties in teaching hospitals of University of Colombo

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C. N. Jayakody ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Medicine
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K. T. D. D. P. Pamodha Jayapala,

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Medicine

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H. K. Jayasinghe,

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Medicine
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K. N. Lankatilake

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Background: Despite extensive studies done on burnout among physicians in other countries, there is a paucity of data on physician burnout in Sri Lanka.

 

Objectives: The study was conducted to assess the burnout of medical doctors practicing medicine, surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics and psychiatry specialties and to determine possible associations.

 

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was done on a sample of 200 working medical doctors from four major hospitals in Colombo district. The data was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire modified from Oldenburg Burnout Inventory and Copenhagen Burnout Inventory which measured burnout under 3 components; personal, client related, and work-related burnout. Mean burnout score of each specialty was calculated and was analyzed using ANOVA. 

 

Results: The study revealed 15.7% of doctors to be burnt out. Prevalence of burnout was highest in paediatric specialty (25.8%) and lowest in surgery specialty (0%). Mean burnout score was higher in paediatric specialty (41.7) and medicine specialty (41.0) and lowest in surgery specialty (32.6) with the differences being statistically significant between surgery and medicine (p=0.003) and between surgery and paediatrics (p=0.001). Overall state of burnout of doctors showed a significant association with sex (p<0.001) and designation (p=0.021). Several other significant associations were found within each subspecialty. 

 

Conclusion: The study revealed that specialty, designation and sex are significantly associated with prevalence and degree of burnout in doctors as a whole.
How to Cite: Jayakody, C.N., Jayapala, K.T.D.D.P.P., Jayasinghe, H.K. and Lankatilake, K.N., 2021. Prevalence and degree of burnout and associated factors from five major specialties in teaching hospitals of University of Colombo. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine, 30(2), pp.49–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljm.v30i2.267
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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