Document Type : Research Article
Background: Corona virus disease is an ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 had put cumbersome mental and physical pressure on the healthcare staff which may lead to burnout in them. Also there is paucity of Indian literature regarding prevalence of burnout in rural health care staff.
Objectives: To study the prevalence of burnout and its association with the determinants among the healthcare workers in rural population of a Ajmer district, Rajasthan.
Methodology: A Cross Sectional Questionnaire based study was conducted from January 2021 to June 2021 on 173 healthcare staff of rural population in a Ajmer district, Rajasthan after ethical clearance. Copenhagen Burnout Inventory was used to assess the burnout among Health Care Workers and a semi structured Performa was used to evaluate the demographic and clinical determinants of burnout. Prevalence of burnout was determined and the association of determinants with burnout was assessed.
Results: The prevalence of personal burnout, work related burnout and pandemic related burnout in health care workers was 42.5%, 33.75% and 49.37%. Pandemic related burnout was significantly greater than personal burnout and work related burnout in health care workers. Doctors, redeployed healthcare staff and staff having covid positive case in family have significantly greater burnout. Supportive work environment and adequate protective measures at workplace significantly reduces the burnout among health care staff.
Conclusion: Almost half of the rural health care workers are burnout. Protective authoritative and individual measures are needed to prevent burnout in HCWs.