Letters Burnout among doctors

Not all interventions for burnout cost money: the value of debrief groups

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4377 (Published 25 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4377
  1. Sara V Lightowlers, academic clinical fellow clinical oncology,
  2. Mareike K Thompson, academic clinical fellow clinical oncology,
  3. Susannah L Hunt, chaplain
  1. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
  1. sara.lightowlers{at}addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Spurred on by a BMJ Careers article on Balint groups,1 and recognising rising stress in our peers, we started a monthly debrief group for oncology registrars in our centre, facilitated by a medically qualified chaplain (SLH).

Topics have been wide ranging, reflecting all three dimensions of burnout (depersonalisation, exhaustion, and professional inefficacy),2 and have included high stress when …

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