BURNOUT AND STRESS REACTION AMONG PSYCHIATRIST WORKING IN LAGOS, NIGERIA by ProQuest

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Psychiatrists have a stressful life. They are reported to encounter work stress and are prone to burnout. Due to the nature of their profession, they experience fluctuating range of powerful emotions in their clinical work. The aim of this study was to assess the levels of burnout and stress reactions among doctors working at a psychiatric hospital, in Lagos, Nigeria. All the doctors working at the Federal Neuropsychiatry Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria were assessed with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and Psycho-physiological Symptoms Checklist (PSC). Twenty-four doctors took part in this study, male = 19, female = 5 females; the mean age of the respondents was 35.61 (SD 7. 031) years and range of 25 - 53 years. There were 2 (8.3%) high scorers in the PSC. With regards to MBI, 23.6% of the sample exhibited high propensity for overall burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and low personal accomplishment). Of the sample surveyed, three (12.5%) scored high on the EE subscale, 8 (33.3%) had a high score on the DP subscale while 6 (25%) scored low on the PA subscale. This study was able to demonstrate that doctors working at the psychiatric hospital in Lagos also showed some degree of burnout and stress reaction. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									    BURNOUT AND STRESS REACTION AMONG PSYCHIATRIST
               WORKING IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

                                  A. O. Coker*
                      Department of Behavioural Medicine
                 Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja
                                 Lagos, Nigeria.

                                     P. F. Omoluabi†
                           Formally of Department of Psychology
                               University of Lagos, Akoka
                                       Lagos, Nigeria.

              Psychiatrists have a stressful life. They are
              reported to encounter work stress and are prone
              to burnout. Due to the nature of their profession,
              they experience fluctuating range of powerful
              emotions in their clinical work. The aim of this
              study was to assess the levels of burnout and
              stress reactions among doctors working at a
              psychiatric hospital, in Lagos, Nigeria. All the
              doctors working at the Federal Neuropsychiatry
              Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria were assessed
              with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and
              Psycho-physiological Symptoms Checklist (PSC).
              Twenty–four doctors took part in this study,
              male = 19, female = 5 females; the mean age of
              the respondents was 35.61 (SD 7. 031) years
              and range of 25 – 53 years. There were 2 (8.3%)
              high scorers in the PSC. With regards to MBI,
              23.6% of the sample exhibited high propensity
              for overall burnout (emotional exhaustion,
              depersonalisation      and      low     
								
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