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Researchers find link between resident burnout and loneliness

Residency Program Insider, February 5, 2016

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Residents who report significant burnout also tend to be lonelier, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Researchers had internal medicine residents at a large urban academic medical center complete a survey containing the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and a social connectivity component.

Based on the responses, residents reporting high emotional exhaustion had higher loneliness scores. These residents scored a 5.6 on the loneliness scale, compared to the 4.5 scored by residents who didn’t report high emotional exhaustions. Resident who reported a high level of depersonalization, also scored higher on the loneliness scale than other residents, 5.4 and 4.6 respectively. 

Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education



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