Doctors at their Wits end as 84% are diagnosed with burnout

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Doctors at their Wits end as 84% are diagnosed with burnout

Emotional exhaustion and unfeeling and impersonal responses to patients are the standout symptoms, survey found

Cape Town bureau chief

Patients are at risk as the new generation of medical specialists experiences a burnout “epidemic”.

This is the warning from a researcher who found that 84% registrars in the clinical medicine school at Wits University are suffering burnout.

Writing in the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12686), Cathelijn Zeijlemaker said she was particularly worried by the “extremely high” feelings of depersonalisation she uncovered among 170 registrars who completed an online questionnaire...

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