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Letters Burnout in healthcare

Burnout in healthcare: medical educators’ role

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 19 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5570
  1. David Peters, professor1,
  2. Daghni Rajasingam, deputy director for postgraduate medical education2
  1. 1Westminster Centre for Resilience, College of Liberal Arts and Science, University of Westminster, London W1W 6UW, UK
  2. 2Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. petersd{at}

Burnout is not a diagnosis, but a normal biologically mediated response to system dysfunction. Individuals push themselves ever harder into high sympathetic drive until, running out of energy and attention, they freeze and eventually fold into parasympathetic defensive withdrawal. In large part, as Montgomery and colleagues point …

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