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Letters Brief history of burnout

Burnout may be serious, but what is it?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 23 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2108
  1. Steve Iliffe, emeritus professor of primary care for older people1,
  2. Jill Manthorpe, director2
  1. 1Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London, London NW3 2PF, UK
  2. 2Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, UK
  1. s.iliffe{at}

Samra makes good points in his short history of burnout,1 but we should be cautious about adopting solutions to this problem. Care provided by practitioners with burnout does not seem impaired to patients.2 This should make …

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