Management of burnout syndrome at palliative care team

Abstract

Background: Burnout syndrome is a psychological syndrome which appears as a response to chronical stress factors related to work. Burnout of healthcare professionals affects negatively not only members of the care team, but also patients. According to studies, members of the palliative care team have high levels of burnout syndrome. The consequence may be a low quality of life.

Material and method: The level of burnout syndrome was assessed in the members of palliative care team within Chronic Disease Hospital “Saint Luca”, Department of Oncology – Palliative Care, Bucharest. The palliative care team has 35 members: 3 physicians, 12 nurses and 20 auxiliary members of the team. The participants in the study also identified the main occupational risk factors, the main strategies in order to reduce the professional stress, and the main motivations for continuing the work in this department.

Results: Regarding the total score of burnout syndrome, 61,6 % of participants have high and medium level of burnout. The main two risk factors for occupational stress were lack of the members of the team and high workload.

Discussion and conclusions: The strategies to reduce the occupational stress are: staff supplementation, improvement the communication between the members of the team and the fact that all members of the team must have responsibility.

Keywords: burnout, palliative care team, risk factors, strategies, motivation

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