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PREVALENCE OF BURNOUT SYNDROME AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS AMONG RURAL HEALTH WORKERS (BEHVARZES) IN SOUTH KHORASAN

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BIJARI BITA | ABASSI ALI

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 Background: Essential PRIMARY HEALTH CARE is delivered through the public health center PHC network by public health workers (Behvarzs). Health workers are exposed to different types of stresses while working.Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the PREVALENCE of burnout and associated factors among rural health workers in the health centers of Birjand University of Medical Sciences.Patients and Methods: All rural health workers of health centers under the coverage of the Birjand University of Medical Sciences selected through census sampling participated in this cross-sectional study. The Maslach Burnout Inventory, GHQ-12 questionnaire, and demographic questionnaire were completed by the participants. Data were analyzed by SPSS 15 using descriptive statistics, chi-square (c2), t-test, and ANOVA test.Results: A total of 423 health workers participated in this study, and their mean age was 39±8.4 years. Among the participants, 34.5% had moderate to severe levels of burnout. About 31.4% of the subjects had abnormal scores in emotional exhaustion, 16.8% in depersonalization, and 47% in the personal accomplishment subscales. The rate of abnormal mental health among the participants was 36.68%. The PREVALENCE of mental disorders was 24.5% in subjects with low burnout or without burnout against 60.4% of subjects with moderate or severe burnout (P=0.001). Age, education level, number of children, and years of employment were found to have a significant association with the burnout level of the participants (P<0.05).Conclusions: Burnout was prevalent among health workers. Based on the high level of burnout among health workers, reducing job ambiguity/conflict, participating in planning new programs, and improving interaction with health authorities may help them to overcome their job-related pressure and to give a more desirable performance.

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