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Burden of burnout and depression in residents

Ophthalmology residents across the U.S. face a substantial burden of burnout and depression

Colin Kerr

Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018


A  study led by Brown University researchers has found that ophthalmology residents across the U.S. face a substantial burden of burnout and depression, which may affect both the residents themselves and  the quality of care they deliver .

The study, which involved a survey of  residents completing their graduate medical training , suggests there are  opportunities for the specialty’s residency programs to improve and promote initiatives, from nutritional seminars to exercise classes and one-on-one counseling.

A majority of the survey’s respondents—68 percent—reported problems with depression, burnout or suicide in their residency programmess within the past year.

The results were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.