Objectives: Recent research showed that medical residents have a high risk for developing burnout. The present study investigates the prevalence of burnout and its relationship with suicidal thoughts among medical residents. Methods: All Dutch medical residents (n = 5126) received a self-report questionnaire. Burnout was measured with the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Residents were asked about the frequency of suicidal thoughts. Results: Response rate was 41.3% (n = 2115). 432 Residents (20.6%) were classified as burnout. 12% reported having suicidal thoughts at least 1 time during their residency, and 1% many times. Suicidal thoughts were substantially more prevalent in the group with burnout in comparison to non-burnout (20.5% vs. 7.6%; χ2 = 182.9, p < .001). Conclusion: Knowledge about the relationship between burnout and suicidal thoughts among these young medical professionals could be important for suicide prevention.

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doi.org/10.1080/13811110802325349, hdl.handle.net/1765/14644
Archives of Suicide Research
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van der Heijden, F., Dillingh, G., Bakker, A., & Prins, J. (2008). Suicidal thoughts among medical residents with burnout. Archives of Suicide Research, 12(4), 344–346. doi:10.1080/13811110802325349