Article Text


44 Burnout syndrome in medical residents of a school hospital and the organisational ergonomy factors
  1. C A F Fabichak,
  2. Silva-Junior,
  3. Morrone
  1. Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Objectives To describe the presence of Burnout syndrome among doctors in residency medical postgraduate and to evaluate in organisational ergonomics factors in the framework of a school hospital which predict that syndrome.

Methods Cross-sectional study performed in a school hospital in São Paulo, southeastern of Brazil. Participants were 24 doctors in two-years medical residency program of Internal Medicine. They answered questionnaire about sociodemographic data, clinical complaints, occupational informations and perception of work organisational predictors for Burnout Syndrome. The outcome was analysed by their response of Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).

Results Most of the participants were female (58.3%), single (91.7%), living alone (66.7%), being the first year of the program (54.2%), working 60 hours/week (83.3%), have another job (62,5%) and reported high number of complaints (54.2%). The mean age of participants was 26 years old. The Burnout Syndrome was characterised in 50% of participants. The frequence of perceived work organisation stressors were: excessive demands (66.7%) with high control at work (79.2%), low recognition by preceptors (87.5%), low valuation by the institution (79.2% ) and low support from colleagues (62.5%). Most of them considered their work important (70.8%).

Conclusions These workers presented Burnout syndrome as reported in other studies with similar population. The perception of predictors for this condition in their postgraduate program shows a stressful situation. More than employees, they have a study bond with this program and negative impacts in their learning could happen. It is necessary to analyse organisational factors to create policies aimed to minimise occupational and psychosocial stressors.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.