Suicidal thoughts among medical residents with burnout

Frank Van Der Heijden, Gea Dillingh, Arnold Bakker, Jelle Prins

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Objectives: Recent research showed that medical residents have a high risk for developing burnout. The present study investigates the prevalence of burnout and its relationship with suicidal thoughts among medical residents. Methods: All Dutch medical residents (n = 5126) received a self-report questionnaire. Burnout was measured with the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Residents were asked about the frequency of suicidal thoughts. Results: Response rate was 41.3% (n = 2115). 432 Residents (20.6%) were classified as burnout. 12% reported having suicidal thoughts at least 1 time during their residency, and 1% many times. Suicidal thoughts were substantially more prevalent in the group with burnout in comparison to non-burnout (20.5% vs. 7.6%; χ2 = 182.9, p < .001). Conclusion: Knowledge about the relationship between burnout and suicidal thoughts among these young medical professionals could be important for suicide prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-346
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Medical residents
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health


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