Suicidal ideation and burnout among psychiatric trainees in Japan

Masaru Tateno, Nikolina Jovanović, Julian Beezhold, Kumi Uehara-Aoyama, Wakako Umene-Nakano, Takashi Nakamae, Naoki Uchida, Naoki Hashimoto, Saya Kikuchi, Yosuke Wake, Daisuke Fujisawa, Keisuke Ikari, Kotaro Otsuka, Katsuyoshi Takahashi, Gaku Okugawa, Norio Watanabe, Tomohiro Shirasaka, Takahiro A Kato

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Abstract

AIM: Burnout is a psychological condition that may occur in all workers after being exposed to excessive work-related stresses. We investigated suicidal ideation and burnout among Japanese psychiatric trainees as a part of the Burnout Syndrome Study (BoSS) International. 

METHODS: In the Japanese branch, 91 trainees fully completed suicide ideation and behaviour questionnaire (SIBQ) and Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey (MBI-GS). 

RESULTS: Passive suicidal ideation was reported by 38.5% of Japanese trainees and 22.0% of them had experienced active suicidal ideation. The burnout rate among Japanese subjects was 40.0%. These results were worse compared to the all 1980 trainees who fully completed the main outcome measure in BoSS International, 25.9%, 20.4% and 36.7%, respectively. 

CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest a higher risk of suicide among Japanese residents. Japan has a higher suicide rate than other countries. Early detection of, and appropriate intervention for, suicidal ideation is important in preventing suicide in psychiatry residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-937
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume12
Issue number5
Early online date8 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • suicide
  • suicidal ideation
  • burnout
  • depression
  • psychiatric trainee

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