Burnout and coping strategies of polytrauma team members caring for veterans with traumatic brain injury

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Clinical and Medical Social Work | Health Services Research


OBJECTIVE: The aims of this national study were to (1) examine the extent of job burnout among VA Polytrauma team members engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI); and (2) identify their coping strategies for dealing with job-related stress.

DESIGN: A cross-sectional sample of 233 VA Polytrauma team members completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and identified strategies for coping with work stress as part of an online survey.

RESULTS: VA Polytrauma team members experience moderate levels of emotional exhaustion, but low levels of depersonalization and high levels of personal accomplishment. Moreover, 24% of participants reported high levels of emotional exhaustion, which may be a precursor to job burnout. Participants who reported caring for veterans with TBI >/=50% of their time experienced higher levels of emotional exhaustion than those who spent <50% of their time (p

CONCLUSION: Polytrauma team members caring for Veterans with TBI may be at risk for job burnout.

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Brain Inj. 2013;27(3):301-9. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2012.743183. Link to article on publisher's site

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Brain injury : [BI]

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