Physician wellness in South Africa: ‘Where are we going? And if we get there, will there be a place to park?’

Abstract

In 2009, a survey of 7 905 surgeons in America noted that 40% had signs of burnout, 30% depression, 20% a mental quality of life score >0.5 SD below the population mean, and 7% suicidal ideation.1 Professional burnout is a syndrome characterised by loss of enthusiasm for work, depersonalisation and a low sense of personal accomplishment.2 The hallmarks include emotional and physical exhaustion, as well as feelings of cynicism, guilt and ineffectiveness. Sounding familiar? I am not surprised.

Author Biography

L C Marais, University of KwaZulu-Natal

MBChB, FC Orth SA, MMed(Ortho), PhD, Department of Orthopaedics, School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Published
2020-03-09
How to Cite
MARAIS, L C. Physician wellness in South Africa: ‘Where are we going? And if we get there, will there be a place to park?’. South African Orthopaedic Journal, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 2, p. 60-62, mar. 2020. ISSN 2309-8309. Available at: <http://journal.saoa.org.za/index.php/saoj/article/view/378>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2020.
Section
Editorial

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