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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123-127

Burnout in Egyptian mental health professionals and its relation to their psychosocial and vocational characteristics

1 Neuro-psychiaty department College of Medicine Ain Shams Uni, Helwan, Egypt
2 General adult psychiatry department Abbacia mental health hosp., Cairo, Egypt
3 Neuro-psychiatry department college of medicine Helwan uni., Helwan, Egypt

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Samah Rabei
Asst. prof. Psychiatry Helwan uni. 5 omroo AlKAys 7th district Nasr City Cairo, 11727
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejpsy.ejpsy_5_21

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Background Worldwide studies showed that mental health professionals have high rates of burnout. To date, no studies have looked at burnout in Egyptian mental health professionals, so investigating burnout in this population would be important as it may affect their performance. A total of 156 mental health professionals from three psychiatric hospitals in Cairo (Ain Shams University Hospitals, Abbassyia Mental Hospital, and Psychological Mental Hospital) were investigated for sociodemographic and vocational data using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-Clinician Version (SCID-CV) and burnout assessment tool: the Maslach Burnout Inventory in this study. Results Overall, 57.7% of participants had high emotional exhaustion, 21.5% had high depersonalization, and 47.8% had high personal accomplishment on the Maslach Burnout Inventory. The number of working hours/week was positively correlated with emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. The number of night shift/month was positively correlated with depersonalization. Conclusion There was high burnout syndrome among mental health professionals in Egypt.

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