A Three-year Cohort Study of the Relationships between Coping, Job Stress and Burnout after a Counselling Intervention for Help-seeking Physicians

Karin E Isaksson Ro; Reidar Tyssen; Asle Hoffart; Harold Sexton; Olaf G Aasland; Tore Gude


BMC Public Health. 2010;10(213) 

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Follow-up of physicians who have participated in a counselling intervention showed that significantly reduced levels of emotional exhaustion, job stress, and emotion-focused coping found at one-year, compared with baseline, were maintained at three-year follow-up. The results of structural modelling were compatible with the assumption that reduction in emotion-focused coping and in job stress preceded reduction in emotional exhaustion. The clinical implication of these findings is that both change in coping strategies and reduction in job stress may be important foci for interventions with physicians aiming to reduce or prevent development of burnout.


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