Burnout among middle-grade doctors of tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia

Adnan Agha, Ayedh Mordy, Eram Anwar, Noha Saleh, Imran Rashid, Mona Saeed

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BACKGROUND: Burnout Syndrome is a mental condition caused by chronic exposure to work related stress and is identified by the presence of any of the three distinct elements of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal accomplishment. Middle grade doctors are the backbone of any tertiary care hospital/medical institution, partaking in unscheduled and inpatient care. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the presence of burnout syndrome in the middle grade doctors in a tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia. PARTICIPANTS: The study was conducted at the Armed Forces Hospital Southern Region, Khamis Mushyt, from August to October 2012 in departments with at least fifty inpatient admissions per month and with at least five middle grade (Resident, Registrar and Senior Registrar) doctors. The departments were Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency, General Surgery and Nephrology. METHODS: This was a cross sectional descriptive and analytical study using the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Health Services Survey and a self-reported stressor-identifying questionnaire to ascertain possible precursors of, or contributing factors to, Burnout Syndrome. RESULTS: A total of 96 proformas/questionnaires were collected anonymously to maintain confidentiality and burnout syndrome was identified in as high as 88.5% of the respondents with high emotional exhaustion in 68.8%, high depersonalization in 63.6% and low personal accomplishment in 38.5%. CONCLUSION: The authors concluded that burnout syndrome is high among the middle-grade doctors in this medical facility and that urgent steps are needed to address this problem to ensure that these physicians remain physically and mentally healthy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-847
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 29 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Depersonalization
  • emotional exhaustion
  • mental health
  • personal accomplishment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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