Burnout: Stresses in consultation-liaison psychiatry

Thomas N. Wise, Richard M. Berlin

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The burnout syndrome encompasses both behavioral and emotional symptoms that produce vocational difficulties. Psychiatrists involved in consultation-liaison work may be subjected to unique stresses—including role ambiguity and role con flict—in addition to the stresses that foster burnout in other health care professionals. Patients with complex medical-psychiatric problems, disinterested consultees, and specific situational constraints such as unpredictable schedules and uncomfortable work settings exert further demands. This paper examines these various areas of difficulty and proposes coping strategies. Peer-group support, effective division leadership, routine assessment of goals, and flexible approaches can help relieve the strains inherent in consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-745
Number of pages2
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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