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Burnout among early career clinical investigators

Primack, BA and Dilmore, TC and Switzer, GE and Bryce, CL and Seltzer, DL and Li, J and Landsittel, DP and Kapoor, WN and Rubio, DM (2010) Burnout among early career clinical investigators. Clinical and Translational Science, 3 (4). 186 - 188. ISSN 1752-8054

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Burnout is a pervasive problem among clinicians. However, little is known about burnout among early career clinical investigators, who must balance clinical responsibilities with challenges related to research. We aimed to determine the prevalence of and demographic associations with burnout in a cohort of early career clinical investigators.A cross-sectional questionnaire was administered to 179 trainees at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education in 2007-2008. We used chi-square analyses and Fisher's exact test to determine whether associations between demographic characteristics and burnout were significant. Of the participants, 29 (16%) reported feeling burned out. Burnout was more prevalent among those over 35 years of age relative to their younger counterparts (29% vs. 13%, p= 0.01) and among females relative to males (22% vs. 10%, p= 0.03). With regard to race and ethnicity, burnout was most common among underrepresented minorities (30%) followed by Caucasians (18%) and Asians (3%); these differences were significant (p=0.02). Considering the early career status of these research trainees, rates of burnout were concerning. Certain demographic subgroups-including older trainees, females, and underrepresented minorities-had particularly high rates of burnout and may benefit from interventions that provide them with skills needed to sustain successful clinical research careers. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Dilmore, TC
Switzer, GEgswitzer@pitt.eduGSWITZER
Bryce, CLbryce99@pitt.eduBRYCE990000-0001-6356-6675
Seltzer, DL
Li, J
Landsittel, DPdpl12@pitt.eduDPL12
Kapoor, WNwnk1@pitt.eduWNK1
Rubio, DMdmr18@pitt.eduDMR18
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 August 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical and Translational Science
Volume: 3
Number: 4
Page Range: 186 - 188
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2010.00202.x
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1752-8054
MeSH Headings: Adult; African Americans--statistics & numerical data; Asian Americans--statistics & numerical data; Biomedical Research--statistics & numerical data; Burnout, Professional--epidemiology; Career Mobility; Cross-Sectional Studies; European Continental Ancestry Group--statistics & numerical data; Faculty, Medical--statistics & numerical data; Female; Hispanic Americans--statistics & numerical data; Humans; Indians, North American--statistics & numerical data; Male; Medical Staff--statistics & numerical data; Minority Groups--statistics & numerical data; Prevalence; Questionnaires
Other ID: NLM NIHMS210312, NLM PMC2925292
PubMed Central ID: PMC2925292
PubMed ID: 20718821
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 17:01
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 19:55


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