Scientific article

Burnout in a surgical ICU team

Published inIntensive care medicine, vol. 34, no. 1, p. 152-156
Publication date2008

OBJECTIVE: Psychologically stressful situations, a physically demanding workload and a high requirement for technological skills can lead ICU caregivers to burnout. The aim of our study was to evaluate their level of burnout as well as the related factors. DESIGN: A self-administered anonymous questionnaire. SETTING: A 20-bed surgical ICU in a university hospital. PATIENTS AND PARTICIPANTS: Nurse assistants, nurses. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: Ninety-seven of 107 questionnaires (91%) were returned. Of the members of ICU nursing team, 28% showed a high level of burnout. They reported a number of concerns, and that they felt discomfort and suffering. There was a discrepancy between the factors felt to be important by them and those statistically related to the burnout. Among the reported concerns, only the lack of patients' co-operation, the organization of the service and the rapid patient turnover were independently associated with a high level of burnout. As many as 49% of the nursing team felt stressed. CONCLUSIONS: Almost a third of the ICU nursing team showed a high level of burnout. The factors felt to be important may not be those related to burnout. Since the well-being of the nursing team is important for the quality of care, corrective actions against the related factors should be sought in order to alleviate the suffering.

  • Burnout Professional
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care/manpower
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Patient Care Team
  • Questionnaires
  • Stress Psychological
Citation (ISO format)
VERDON, Mélanie et al. Burnout in a surgical ICU team. In: Intensive care medicine, 2008, vol. 34, n° 1, p. 152–156. doi: 10.1007/s00134-007-0907-5
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ISSN of the journal0342-4642

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