To measure burnout, we use the seven work-related questions from the established and widely used Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI). Following a successful trial, these questions are presented as optional for respondents to the national training surveys. We report responses separately to the regular NTS indicators using the method explained below.
The reports show the proportion of doctors that indicate low, moderate or high levels of burnout.
How the burnout categories are created
The questions are scored using the established NTS scoring system on a scale from 0-100 (table 1). The respondents' mean scores across all seven questions are categorised into one of three levels of burnout (table 2).
You can see reports for burnout across groupings such as specialty, country or training level.
In all of the reports any group where the number of respondents for the burnout questions was less than 3, results have been removed to protect confidentiality of responses. Because they are optional, there are fewer responses to these questions overall. This means more report groupings are hidden than in other areas of NTS reporting.
Table 1: Burnout questions and answers with applied scores
|Score Applied High – Low
|Is your work emotionally exhausting?||To a very high degree||To a high degree||Somewhat||To a low degree||To a very low degree|
|Do you feel burnt out because of your work?|
|Does your work frustrate you?
|Do you feel worn out at the end of the working day?
|Are you exhausted in the morning at the thought of another day at work?|
|Do you feel that every working hour is tiring for you?|
|Do you have enough energy for family and friends during leisure time?||Never||Seldom||Sometimes||Often||Always|
Table 2: Burnout category score range
|Burnout category||Score range|
|Moderate||Over 25 up to and including 50|
|High||Less than and including 25|