Professional Burnout of Psychiatrists in a Veterans Health Administration: Exploring the Role of the Organizational Treatment

Margo C. Villarosa-Hurlocker, Lisa Ann J. Cuccurullo, Hector A. Garcia, Erin P. Finley

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Abstract

Psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are susceptible to professional burnout due to the unique needs of veterans combined with high organizational demands. The current study examined the mediating role of organizational factors in the direct relationship between providing primarily pharmacological intervention and professional burnout. Data from 125 VHA psychiatrists revealed that fair treatment by superiors and sufficient resources independently mediated the direct relationship that the percent of time devoted to pharmacological intervention had with emotional exhaustion and cynicism. Psychiatrists who feel unfairly treated and lack sufficient resources reported more professional burnout. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2019

Keywords

  • Burnout
  • Organizational factors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Veterans Health Administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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