Mitigating Burnout

Timothy R. Siegel, Andrea K. Nagengast

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Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. All physicians, and especially surgeons, are at risk for developing burnout. The best strategies for mitigating burnout mimic a modern approach to medicine: the development of preventive practices to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being. Job satisfaction, job engagement, and compassion satisfaction help protect from burnout. Individual commitment to self-care in conjunction with support from within health care organizations create the optimal framework in which burnout can be mitigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1035
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • Burnout
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Compassion satisfaction
  • Job satisfaction
  • Resilience
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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