Burnout.jpgMore than that 80% registrars at the University of the Witwatersrand‘s School of Clinical Medicine suffer from burnout, a response to prolonged stress, with “extremely high” levels of depersonalisation, affecting professional response to patients, found a survey published in the SA Medical Journal.

In a 2014 US study, 60% of registrars were found to be suffering from burnout.

Researcher Cathelijn Zeijlemaker said in a Times Select report that she was particularly worried by the “extremely high” feelings of depersonalisation she uncovered among 170 registrars who completed an online questionnaire. This detachment from work, which resulted in unfeeling and impersonal responses to patients, “is associated with negative effects on professionalism”, she said……more