Burnout is a psychological term for the negative response to chronic job-related emotional stress.
Unfortunately, most of the studies on burnout in nursing have been conducted in Europe and United States.
Although burnout in large organisations has been examined in many studies, in general there has been a lack of concentration on healthcare workers and on hospital settings, especially in India.
The levels of stress hormone cortisol are often high in people suffering from depression, while it tends to be low in cases of burnout.
The researchers found that analysing a sample of spit was an excellent way to detect abnormally low levels of cortisol - a clear warning sign of impending burnout.
They also filled out questionnaires related to their current stress levels as well as symptoms of depression and burnout.
Conclusion: Burnout was reported in two third of the students while majority of students showed high level of social support.
KeyWords: Burnout, Social support, Medical students, Medical education.
"Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.
To collect the required information, a questionnaire consisting of two parts was used, the first part of which was related to the demographic characteristics (age, gender, work history, and marital status), and the second part was related to Maslach's job burnout inventory which contained twenty-two items, and it dealt with the assessment of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization phenomena, and reduced personal accomplishment in the format of professional activities, and it has been particularly applied for the evaluation and prevention of the weariness and tiredness in professional groups, such as nurses and teachers.
Job burnout mean score was 58.46 [+ or -] 10.17, and in each of the components of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment, the mean scores were 23.216 4.92, 10.30 [+ or -] 3.56, and 21.51 [+ or -] 4.68, respectively.
The relationship between work history with job burnout and each of its components have been inserted in Table 1.