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Psychological Stress and Burnout among Medical Students at the University of the West Indies

This study represents one of the first attempts to assess the magnitude of burn-out among medical students on the University of the West Indies campuses. Overall, almost half of students expressed high levels of emotional exhaustion. This percentage increased as the students entered the clinical years, with slightly higher levels seen among the female respondents.


Objectives: This study aims to determine the prevalence of burnout in medical students across all five years, and to investigate factors that might contribute to and protect from its effects.

06 Jan, 2015
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e-Published: 28 Sep, 2015


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Stress, Burnout and Coping among Emergency Physicians at a Major Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica

Emergency physicians at a major hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, scored high on stress and components of burnout. Interventions aimed at reducing the occupational contributors to stress and improving levels of coping will reduce the risk of burnout and enhance their psychological well-being.


Objectives: The study examined the prevalence of stress, burnout, and coping, and the relationship between these variables among emergency physicians at a teaching hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

Methods: Thirty out of 41 physicians in the Emergency Department completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory, Perceived Stress Scale, Ways of Coping Questionnaire, and a background questionnaire. Descriptive statistical analyses were conducted.

29 May, 2014
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e-Published: 12 Jun, 2014
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