Assessment Of Occupational Burnout And Its Correlates Among Medical Doctors in Nepal during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study

Authors

  • Pawan Sharma Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Swarndeep Singh All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • Umakanta Tiwari Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Rahul Ranjan Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Nabin Lekhak Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Sajan Acharya New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i1.40339

Keywords:

COVID-19 pandemic, Lock-down, Burnout, Perceived Stress, Medical doctors, Nepal

Abstract

Introduction: The current COVID-19 pandemic has increased emotional and physical toll on healthcare workers. The burnout among doctors could be another psychological outcome due to this. Considering the dearth of literature we planned this study with an aim to explore burnout and its correlates among medical doctors of Nepal.

Material And Method: An online survey using a cross-sectional design and purposive sampling was conducted during the lock-down due to COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal. The tools used were basic proforma, Copenhagen Burn out Inventory (CBI) and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis (bivariate analysis followed by multiple linear regression) was performed with an objective to study prevalence of burnout and its correlates among the medical doctors.

Results: The average age of participants was 30.44 years with the majority being male. All the study participants reported moderate to severe level of perceived stress. Around half of them reported moderate to high burnout. The multiple linear regression analyses showed that perceived stress, and working in surgical department were significant correlates for personal and work-related burnout among medical doctors. Additionally, being front-line worker was a significant correlate for client-related burnout.

Conclusion: The burden and severity of burnout and perceived stress reported by the medical doctors during COVID-19 pandemic in the present study, suggests it to be an important mental health issue in Nepal. Suitable interventions for targeting this urgent issue of effectively reducing the burnout are warranted.

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Author Biographies

Pawan Sharma, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal

Assistant Professor

Swarndeep Singh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Senior Resident

Umakanta Tiwari, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal

Resident

Rahul Ranjan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Officer

Nabin Lekhak, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Lalitpur, Nepal

Resident

Sajan Acharya, New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, USA

Resident

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Published

2021-10-14

How to Cite

Sharma, P., Singh, S., Tiwari, U., Ranjan, R., Lekhak, N., & Acharya, S. (2021). Assessment Of Occupational Burnout And Its Correlates Among Medical Doctors in Nepal during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal, 10(1), 6–13. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i1.40339

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