Burnout in district hospital doctors in a rural area in the Western Cape

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Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
ENGLISH SUMMARY : Aim: Burnout amongst doctors negatively effects recruitment and retention, effectiveness and efficiency of health systems, and ultimately, patient-care. The aim of this study is to fill the gap in published data concerning burnout among primary care district hospital doctors practicing in one rural area in South Africa. Methods: A validated questionnaire (Maslach Burnout Inventory) was sent to 42 doctors in 7 district hospitals in early 2013. Results: Response rate was 85.7%. Clinically significant burnout was found in 81% of respondents. Family physicians had significantly lower burnout levels than non-specialist colleagues (p=0.01). Conclusion: This study demonstrates high burnout rates, most importantly threatening the quality of patient care. Recommendations are made.
AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : Geen opsomming beskikbaar.
Thesis (MFamMed)--Stellenbosch University, 2014.
Physicians -- Mental health -- Western Cape (South Africa), Burn out (Psychology) -- Western Cape (South Africa), Hospitals -- Western Cape (South Africa), UCTD