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Are You or a Colleague Experiencing Symptoms of Burnout?

Burnout manifests differently in different people and some of the burnout symptoms might be indicative of other conditions or co-occurring conditions, such as compassion fatigue, relationship concerns at home, financial stressors or other mental health concerns. Regardless of the cause, further exploration should be triggered when symptoms are persistent and/or cumulative.

Physical Symptoms
: Physical pain, headaches, chest pain, gastro issues, weakened immune system, chronic fatigue, interrupted sleep, substance use disorders

Psychological/Emotional Symptoms: Anxiety, depression, suicidality, anger/irritability

Job Symptoms: Loss of enjoyment, detachment, apathy, performance problems

Tools to Measure Burnout

Burnout is not a diagnosis but rather a cluster of symptoms. When these symptoms accumulate and/or are persistent, this should generate concern. There are many instruments constructed to measure burnout or symptoms related to burnout. The most commonly used instrument is the Maslach burnout Inventory, which is a validated, reliable and has 22 self-report questions. Some PHS hospitals have used abridged versions of the Maslach.

The brief Maslach Burnout Inventory is below. This may help you to identify if you have any of the cluster of symptoms related to burnout.

Maslach Burnout Inventory (Abbreviated)



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This content was last modified on: 10/31/2019

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