July 11, 2018

Gender differences in residents’ duty-hours, aspects of burnout, psychological well-being

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Female general surgery residents work more, experience aspects of burnout more frequently, and have poorer psychological well-being, this study finds.

Of  7,395 residents surveyed (response rate, 99%), females reported:

  • more frequently staying in the hospital >28 hours or working >80 hours per week
  • more frequently feeling fatigued and burned out
  • less frequently “treating patients as impersonal objects” or “not caring what happens” to them
  • more frequently experiencing aspects of poor psychological well-being.

Qualitative themes identified−such as lack of female mentorship/leadership, dual-role responsibilities, gender blindness, and differing pressures and approaches to patient care−provide insights into cultural and programmatic shifts to address female resident concerns, the authors note.

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