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‘Primary care physicians in Oman suffering burnout’

‘Primary care physicians in Oman suffering burnout’

Medical specialists are exposed to several job stressors each day, which can lead to psychological disturbances as nicely as burnout syndrome, identified a current study published in Oman Medical Journal.

“We sought to assess the level of burnout among PCPs in Oman and explore risk factors for its development. We conducted a cross-sectional, analytical study among a random cluster sample of 190 PCPs working in Muscat, Oman,” mentioned the authors of the study.

The study identified that a total of six.three per cent of PCPs operating in urban places in Oman suffered burnout. Long operating hours have been strongly related with higher occupational burnout, it mentioned. “Solutions to eliminate or decrease the rate of burnout involve institutional changes, primarily respecting weekly working hours, and in more severe cases psychotherapy help is very important.”

Burnout is a psychological syndrome, characterised by a symptomatic triad: emotional exhaustion (EE), which includes feelings of tiredness and emptiness depersonalisation (DP), such as a lack of empathy, elevated levels of cynicism and automatism and a lack of individual accomplishment (PA), which includes a lack of self-esteem and elevated levels of aggravation.

Approximately 50 per cent of the PCPs have been aged 30-39 years old. The majority have been females (78.four per cent) and married (87.four per cent).

Eighty-seven PCPs stated that they have been below monetary strain. More than half of the participants (57.four per cent) admitted that they had contemplated looking for skilled psychological aid. “The general prevalence of burnout was six.three per cent. High levels of EE have been reported by 17.eight per cent of the participants, whilst 38.two per cent skilled higher levels of DP and 21.five per cent had low levels of PA.

“In our study, the EE, DA, and PA figures fall within the international trend. These figures from PCPs in Oman also appear to be displaying the same trends as other transition societies, such as Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran, and Saudi Arabia,” the authors noted.

“Our study, in agreement with others, found that medical professionals, irrespective of their level of training or status, are marked with indices of occupational burnout.”

Although the study identified reduce prevalence price compared to the international trend, the final results indicate that burnout amongst PCPs ought to be of severe concern. “Therefore, more studies are needed so that an evidence-based intervention can be devised.”

The analysis was carried out by Tharaya al Hashemi, Department of General Adult Psychiatry, Al Masarrah Hospital, Salim al Huseini, Mohammed al Alawi, Naser al Balushi and Manal al Balushi from the Psychiatry Residency Programme, Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB), Samir al Adawi and Hamed al Senawi, Department of Behavioral Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University and Sachin Jose, Studies and Research Section, OMSB.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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