PI Podcast - Matrix of Clinician Distress - Part 2A

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue


(The entire Matrix of Clinician Distress series is available in article and podcast format - see footnote for more explanation on how to find.)1

Turns out this is a 7 part series. And for easier listening, I broke up Part 2 into three sections. This is Part 2 A. Here we delve into Burnout and its close cousin Compassion Fatigue.

Burnout Defined

Defined according to criteria progressively established by Christina Maslach and Richard Leiter, the essence of the burnout syndrome is this: it’s an occupational stress syndrome characterized by fatigue, detachment, and a reduced sense of accomplishment which especially afflicts people who do “people work” of some kind.

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When you click at the very top of the page on the Physician Interrupted title, it’ll take you to Physician Interrupted’s table of contents page which lists all the articles and podcasts published. You can sort them in a variety of ways. As some of the articles were longish, I broke up the corresponding podcasts into more manageable parts, e.g. 6A, 6B etc.

The articles’ titles aren’t exactly descriptive - I’ve put the topic covered in the subtitle which, space permitting, may or may not show up in the TOC.

The podcasts are all identifiable as they have a headphones icon. The content of the podcasts is mostly the same as the article. While I read aloud the content of the corresponding article, occasionally I improv’d a bit. Nothing substantial. Some people prefer the written word; others enjoy a podcast; still others like having both. Some have some cover art; some don’t. I’m still getting the hang of this. I’ll likely go back and prettify things some time hence.