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Sleep disorders in healthcare professionals linked to higher odds of burnout

Residency Program Insider, November 19, 2020

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Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from HCPro's sister publication, HealthLeaders.

Healthcare professionals with sleep disorders face a significant risk of burnout, a recent research article found.

The recent research article, which was published by JAMA Open Network, features data collected from more than 1,000 staff members at an academic medical center. Healthcare professionals were assessed for obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and shift work disorder. Burnout was assessed using the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

The article includes several key data points:

  • 29% of the staff members screened positive for at least one sleep disorder
  • Insomnia was the most common sleep disorder, which affected 14% of staff members
  • The next most common sleep disorders were obstructive sleep apnea (12%), shift work disorder (11%), and restless legs syndrome (2%)
  • Out of the staff members who screened positive for at least one sleep disorder, 92% were previously undiagnosed and untreated
  • 29% of staff members screened positive for burnout
  • Screening positive for a sleep disorder was linked to increased odds of burnout (odds ratio 3.67) and lower odds of professional fulfillment (odds ratio 0.53)
     



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