Situational levels of burnout among staff in six European inpatient and community mental health teams

Hill, Robert and Ryan, Peter and Hardy, Polly and Anczewska, Marta and Kurek, Anna and Dawson, Ian and Laijarvi, Heli and Nielson, Katia and Nybourg, Klaus and Rokku, Iliana and Turner, Colette (2006) Situational levels of burnout among staff in six European inpatient and community mental health teams. Journal of mental health workforce development, 1 (1). pp. 12-21. ISSN 1750-0699

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Working in mental health services has always been recognised as a stressful occupation and many studies have attested to the high levels of stress and burnout. This study examined comparative levels of stress among inpatient and community mental health staff across five European countries. Using a quasi experimental pre-test post-test design, data was collected from staff at baseline, six months and 12 months. This paper examines data from the baseline period. Staff working in acute inpatient wards and community mental health teams in Denmark (Aarhus, Storstrøm), Finland (Tampere), Norway (Bodo), Poland (Warsaw) and the UK (Cambridge), were asked to complete the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) (Maslach, & Jackson, 1986), the Mental Health Professional Stress Scale (Cushway, Tyler & Nolan, 1996) and a demographic questionnaire designed for this study. Results on the MBI are reported in this article. Both community and inpatient teams reported high levels of burnout. There was evidence to suggest that burnout differed by site but not by team type. The English teams scored highest in emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation. Relatively high levels of work-related personal accomplishment were reported across all of the sites.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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