Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 364-368

Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity

Authors: Sulhi Alfakeh, Afnan Noorsaeed, Yumna Kamal, Raghad Alafif, Ghaida Daghistani, Sara Alansari.

ABSTRACT

Background: The stressors and long hour internships could place a high burden on trainees, resulting in medical errors due to stress or fatigue. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of burnout and depression among medical interns at the King Abdulaziz University, and to determine the association between burnout and the number of medical errors committed. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study was conducted on medical interns from King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during the year of 2021. An online self-administered questionnaire was used composed of the following validated questionnaires: the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS) Version 21 and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Results: Majority of the participants (65.4%) were aged between 18 and 24 years, predominant were females (56.4%), 94.4% were single, and 91% lived with parents/guardians/relatives. Medical errors during internships were reported by 22.9% interns. Furthermore, 12.8% and 6.7% interns had mild and moderate depression, respectively. Most of them (19.6%) had moderate levels of anxiety and mild (6.1%) levels of stress; and 38% participants had burnout. The correlation between depression and anxiety levels and committing medical errors was non-significant (p = >0.05). In contrast, stress and burnout were significantly correlated with an increase in committing medical errors (p = <0.05). The Maslach Burnout Inventory scores and total DASS scores showed a significant positive correlation (r = 0.45, p-value = <0.001). Conclusion: Physician burnout could lead to inattentive behavior, medical errors, and lead to malpractice, all of which reduce patient satisfaction and affect treatment quality and disease outcomes. Thus, burnout is a major concern among interns.

Keywords:
Depression; burnout; medical interns; impact; productivity


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Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity


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Sulhi Alfakeh
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Afnan Noorsaeed
Faculty of Medicine, King abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Yumna Kamal
Faculty of Medicine, King abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Raghad Alafif
Faculty of Medicine, King abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Ghaida Daghistani
Faculty of Medicine, King abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Sara Alansari
Faculty of Medicine, King abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Sulhi Ali Alfakeh, Psychiatry Department, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; salfakeh@kau.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 24 Dec 2021
Accepted 29 Dec 2021
Published online 13 Jan 2022
Published in print 19 Jan 2022

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Alfakeh S, Noorsaeed A, Kamal Y, Alafif R, Daghistani G, Alansari S. Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh S, Noorsaeed A, Kamal Y, Alafif R, Daghistani G, Alansari S. Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=116212 [Access: May 25, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh S, Noorsaeed A, Kamal Y, Alafif R, Daghistani G, Alansari S. Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh S, Noorsaeed A, Kamal Y, Alafif R, Daghistani G, Alansari S. Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. IJMDC. (2022), [cited May 25, 2022]; 6(2): 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


Harvard Style

Alfakeh, S., Noorsaeed, . A., Kamal, . Y., Alafif, . R., Daghistani, . G. & Alansari, . S. (2022) Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. IJMDC, 6 (2), 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


Turabian Style

Alfakeh, Sulhi, Afnan Noorsaeed, Yumna Kamal, Raghad Alafif, Ghaida Daghistani, and Sara Alansari. 2022. Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (2), 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh, Sulhi, Afnan Noorsaeed, Yumna Kamal, Raghad Alafif, Ghaida Daghistani, and Sara Alansari. "Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh, Sulhi, Afnan Noorsaeed, Yumna Kamal, Raghad Alafif, Ghaida Daghistani, and Sara Alansari. "Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.2 (2022), 364-368. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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Alfakeh, S., Noorsaeed, . A., Kamal, . Y., Alafif, . R., Daghistani, . G. & Alansari, . S. (2022) Burnout and depression among medical interns and its impact on productivity. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (2), 364-368. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640282801


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