Burnout and quality of life among Spanish healthcare personnel

R. Suñer-Soler, A. Grau-Martín, S. Font-Mayolas, M. E. Gras, C. Bertran, M. J.M. Sullman

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The purpose of this study was to analyse the relationship between perceived quality of life and levels of burnout among healthcare personnel. A sample of 1095 participants (nurses, physicians, nursing assistants and orderlies) from five hospitals in the province of Girona (Spain) were studied (78% women, mean age=36.6 years, SD=8.8) using the 36-item short-form health questionnaire (SF-36) and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. The results showed that health-related quality of life reported by this sample of healthcare personnel was lower than the reference population values, especially in those SF-36 dimensions that comprise the mental component. In comparing the dimensions of the SF-36 by profession, we found that physicians had better perceived health in the dimensions of the physical component than nurses and other professionals (P<0.01). No statistical differences were observed between profession and the dimensions of the mental component (P>0.05). Moreover, perceived health was worse among those that reported a high level on any of the components of burnout. These results should be taken account when designing a burnout prevention programme in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-313
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Health promotion
  • Mental health
  • Occupational mental health


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