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Burnout syndrome in the Czech Republic: The decreasing trend over the years

Vňuková, Martina Sebalo, Sebalo, Ivan, Brečka, Tibor, Anders, Martin, Ptáček, Radek (2023) Burnout syndrome in the Czech Republic: The decreasing trend over the years. Frontiers in Public Health, 11 . Article Number 1099528. ISSN 2296-2565. (doi:10.3389/fpubh.2023.1099528) (KAR id:101005)


Introduction: Burnout syndrome is a state of long-term work exhaustion that manifests on three levels: cognitive, physical and emotional. Research regarding burnout syndrome has spiked in recent years. Despite burnout syndrome not being a clinical diagnosis, it has been recognized as a significant reason for work absence or, in some cases, even work leave. This study examines trends in burnout in the Czech population. The main aim of this research was to fill in the burnout literature gap and document the burnout trend over the years. Our secondary aim was to see if there is awareness regarding burnout syndrome and whether, over the years, we will see an increasing or a decreasing trend in burnout prevalence. Methods: Data collection took place in three waves using the computer assisted web interviewing (CAWI) method. In 2014 n = 1,027, in 2017 n = 1,024, and in 2020 n = 1,000. Respondents were selected from the European National Panel. Because the target group was adults (18–65 years), an online survey was chosen. Internet penetration in this target population is sufficient, and it was not necessary to use a combination of methodologies. Results: The results suggest a decreasing tendency for burnout syndrome in the Czech Republic. Knowledge about burnout syndrome is increasing, suggesting that people are paying more attention to their mental health and the possible factors that might affect the severity of burnout syndrome. Conclusion: Overall, burnout threatens the general population, not only medical employees. It is a positive finding that over the years, there has been an increasing trend in awareness about burnout. It further shows that people have adopted certain precautions and steps to avoid burnout syndrome as the perceived threat from it gradually decreases.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1099528
Uncontrolled keywords: Public Health, burnout, awareness, SMBM, Czech, adult
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2023 14:50 UTC
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 13:12 UTC
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Sebalo, Ivan.

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