Stress and burnout among healthcare professionals working in a mental health setting in Singapore

Yang, Suyi, Meredith, Pamela and Khan, Asaduzzaman (2015) Stress and burnout among healthcare professionals working in a mental health setting in Singapore. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 15 15-20. doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2015.04.005


Author Yang, Suyi
Meredith, Pamela
Khan, Asaduzzaman
Title Stress and burnout among healthcare professionals working in a mental health setting in Singapore
Journal name Asian Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1876-2026
1876-2018
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ajp.2015.04.005
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Start page 15
End page 20
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract International literature suggests that the experience of high levels of stress by healthcare professionals has been associated with decreased work efficiency and high rates of staff turnover. The aims of this study are to identify the extent of stress and burnout experienced by healthcare professionals working in a mental health setting in Singapore and to identify demographic characteristics and work situations associated with this stress and burnout. A total of 220 Singaporean mental health professionals completed a cross-sectional survey, which included measures of stress, burnout (exhaustion and disengagement), participants’ demographic details, and working situation. Independent t-tests and one-way ANOVAs were used to examine between-group differences in the dependent variables (stress and burnout). Analyses revealed that healthcare professionals below the age of 25, those with less than five years experience, and those with the lowest annual income, reported the highest levels of stress and burnout. No significant differences were found with other demographic or work situation variables. Findings suggest that healthcare professionals working in a mental health setting in Singapore are experiencing relatively high levels of stress and burnout. It is important that clinicians, administrators and policy makers take proactive steps to develop programs aimed at reducing stress and burnout for healthcare professionals. These programs are likely to also increase the well-being and resilience of healthcare professionals and improve the quality of mental health services in Singapore.
Keyword Burnout
Healthcare professionals
Mental health
Stress
Survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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