Moral Distress and Burnout in Internal Medicine Residents October 7 2015
Moral Distress and Burnout in Internal Medicine Residents
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Hurlburt Auditorium, St. Paul’s Hospital
Presenters: Dr. Sharareh Sajjadi, Resident, Department of Medicine, UBC Dr. Peter Dodek, Scientist, CHÉOS; Professor, Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine, UBC
Abstract: Residency is a stressful period of medical training. Resident physicians report lack of control, depression, and stress. Fatigue in residents is associated with self-reported medical errors, suboptimal medical care, poor quality of life, and burnout. Burnout is a state of vital exhaustion which includes domains of depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and a sense of low personal accomplishment. Moral distress is the psychological disequilibrium that results from recognizing that ethically appropriate action has not taken place due to internal or external conflicts.
Researchers administered the validated revised Moral Distress Scale and the Maslach Burnout Tool (Human Service version) to Internal Medicine residents who attended the last three academic half-days of the 2013–2014 academic year at UBC. They measured overall moral distress as well as moral distress during specific rotations, and the relationship between residents’ demographics and their level of training, and their scores on these two instruments. Drs. Sajjadi and Dodek will present their findings and conclusions.