Compassion fatigue is similar in emergency medicine residents compared to other medical and surgical specialties

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Abstract

  • Results: We surveyed 255 residents, with a response rate of 75%. Of the 188 resident respondents, 18% worked a majority of their clinical shifts overnight, and 32% had child dependents. Burnout scores for residents who worked greater than 80 hours per week, or primarily worked overnight shifts, were higher than residents who worked less than 80 hours (mean score 25.0 vs 21.5; p=0.013), or did not work overnight (mean score 23.5 vs 21.3; p=0.022). EM residents had similar scores in all three components of CF when compared to other specialties. Secondary traumatic stress scores for residents who worked greater than 80 hours were higher than residents who worked less than 80 hours (mean score 22.2 vs 19.5; p=0.048), and those with child dependents had higher secondary traumatic stress than those without children (mean score 21.0 vs 19.1; p=0.012).
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    Author List

  • Bellolio MF; Cabrera D; Sadosty AT; Hess EP; Campbell RL; Lohse CM; Sunga KL
  • Start Page

  • 629
  • End Page

  • 635
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 6