Investigation of Anxiety and Burn-Out in Medical and Nursing Staff of Public Hospitals of Peloponnese

Οrganopoulou, Maria; Tsironi, Maria; Malliarou, Maria; Alikari, Victoria; Zyga, Sofia
September 2014
International Journal of Caring Sciences;Sep-Dec2014, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p799
Academic Journal
Background: Nowadays, anxiety and burnout of medical and nursing staff is identified more and more as one of the factors that affect aspects of their personal and professional life. Aim: The aim of this research study was to investigate the self-evaluation of anxiety and burnout in medical and nursing staff of public hospitals in Peloponnese. Methodology : Two questionnaires were given to a sample of 284 doctors, nurses and assistant nurses from two hospitals: the “State-Trait Anxiety Inventory” (STAI) by Spielberger and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) that assesses the three dimensions of burnout: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal fulfillment. The statistical analysis was performed using the statistical package SPSS, version 19.0. The level of statistical significance of the results was p<0.05. Results: Doctors and nurses are dominated by moderate emotional anxiety and increased burnout. The stressful situation seems to be interpreted mainly in the light of a dynamic interaction between the person and the working environment. The adverse working conditions, that characterize the health sector, seem to intensify the stress and overwhelm them emotionally and professionally. Conclusions: The anxiety and burnout of doctors, nurses and assistant nurses working at both hospitals is increased and expressed with feelings of depersonalization and emotional exhaustion. The formulation of a program of emotional support and strengthening of medical and nursing staff is required.


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