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Patients with burnout in relation to gender and a general population
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. (Caring Sciences)
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2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 35, no 5, 516-523 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS: The aims of this study were to describe gender differences in patients with burnout and compare these patients with a general population with respect to physical, psychosocial and work variables. METHODS: Data were collected from a total of 136 patients (96 women and 40 men, 41.6 +/- 7.4 years), diagnosed with stress-related disease and burnout at the Stress Clinic, University Hospital of Umeå. Data on burnout, physical, psychosocial and work characteristics were compared with similar data from a geographical and age-matched population based survey, the 2004 Northern Sweden MONICA study. The survey sample included a total of 573 participants (283 women and 290 men, 40.7 +/- 8.5 years). RESULTS: Women with burnout reported a higher rate of impaired awakening, lower job control, greater proportion of unpaid work and worked to a greater extent "with people" compared to men. Men with burnout had a more restricted social network and reported working more overtime than women. Patients with burnout reported a higher rate of unemployment, a more restricted social network and higher work demands compared to a general population. Women with burnout reported less emotional support, a more sedentary work situation, high job strain and worked to a greater extent "with people" than women from the general population. CONCLUSIONS: There are some differences in working conditions and social network between women and men with burnout. Patients with burnout differ from a general population regarding individual and social factors as well as work-related factors.

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2007. Vol. 35, no 5, 516-523 p.
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Burnout professional, fatigue syndrome, social support, workload, population surveillance, epidemiology
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102067DOI: 10.1080/14034940701271874ISI: 000249598400011PubMedID: 17852977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-102067DiVA: diva2:213973
Available from: 2009-04-30 Created: 2009-04-30 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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