Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2021

Abstract

Burnout is a popular indicator of job-related distress, notably in research on the ill-being of medical professionals. The burnout construct is, however, plagued by definitional and measurement problems. Often unnoticed, these problems undermine findings and conclusions emanating from burnout research. The definitional and measurement problems affecting the burnout construct hamper knowledge growth, waste resources, and impede our ability to make informed decisions and take effective action to support personnel. It is time for occupational health specialists to abandon the idea of burnout and focus on occupational depression.

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Bianchi, R., & Schonfeld, I. S. (2021). Who needs to be “burned-out”? Time for a new approach to job-related distress. European Psychiatry, 64(1), E65, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2021.2240

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