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Burnout among nurses working in the primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia, a multicenter study

  • Received: 13 August 2020 Accepted: 02 November 2020 Published: 05 November 2020
  • Background: Burnout is a common psychosocial phenomenon among nursing. It has been attributed to prolonged exposure to stress in the work place. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and associated factors of burnout among nurses in the primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 nurses by using a self-administered questionnaire. Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) was used to measure burnout. Results: Most participants were females (73.0%) and aged ≤35 years (52.0%). About 39% had high emotional exhaustion, 38% had high depersonalization and 85.5% had low personal accomplishment. About 89% (178) scored high at least on one subscale of burnout. Burnout was associated with age, educational level and sources of stress in the workplace. Conclusion: Level of burnout among nurses was high and was associated mainly with stressors in the workplace. Improving work environment and management of stress in the workplace should be a priority to minimize burnout among nurses.

    Citation: Mohammed Adeeb Shahin, Sami Abdo Radman Al-Dubai, Duoaa Seddiq Abdoh, Abdullah Saud Alahmadi, Ahmed Khalid Ali, Tamer Hifnawy. Burnout among nurses working in the primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia, a multicenter study[J]. AIMS Public Health, 2020, 7(4): 844-853. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2020065

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  • Background: Burnout is a common psychosocial phenomenon among nursing. It has been attributed to prolonged exposure to stress in the work place. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and associated factors of burnout among nurses in the primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 nurses by using a self-administered questionnaire. Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) was used to measure burnout. Results: Most participants were females (73.0%) and aged ≤35 years (52.0%). About 39% had high emotional exhaustion, 38% had high depersonalization and 85.5% had low personal accomplishment. About 89% (178) scored high at least on one subscale of burnout. Burnout was associated with age, educational level and sources of stress in the workplace. Conclusion: Level of burnout among nurses was high and was associated mainly with stressors in the workplace. Improving work environment and management of stress in the workplace should be a priority to minimize burnout among nurses.


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    Our study is limited by participant location, cross-sectional nature of the study, and self-reported data. Because of the cross-sectional nature of our study, we cannot predict causation from our data and can only study associations between variables.

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    All authors declare no conflicts of interest in this paper.

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