Recent survey denotes high levels of burnout syndrome.
A high rate of critical care pharmacists suffer from burnout syndrome, a recent survey says. The nationwide survey, presented at ASHP’s 2018 Midyear Clinical Meeting, found that 64% of respondents met the criteria for a high degree of burnout.
Why the burnout in pharmacy? “There’s a lot of quick decision making that needs to be done. There’s a lot of life and death. There are often these high periods of go-go-go intensity where you don’t have time to stop, you don’t have time to take a break, to eat, to do anything because patients need you,” says Amanda M. Ball, PharmD, clinical manager of Clinical and Patient Care Services at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.
Based on her previous research, Ball tells Drug Topics that clinical care pharmacists who have worked in the profession for five years or less have a higher risk of burnout, defined by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) as a syndrome with “a high degree of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work.” Critical care pharmacists who have been on the job for five years or less have a higher rate of burnout, the researchers find. However, they have not identified a reason for the early burnout, Ball says.