Burnout…a word that has existed in the lexicon of common psychologic disorders only since 1975. It was described first by Herbert J. Freudenberger, who noted problems with emotional depletion and disengagement in child psychotherapists working in free clinics in New York City. Subsequently, the Maslach Burnout Inventory was created around 1981 by Christina Maslach, a social psychologist, working in the field of workplace emotions. The Maslach Burnout Inventory, a 22-question proprietary instrument, has since become the accepted standard for identifying burnout in a variety of populations and has arguably become the most utilized and most validated of all instruments. The Maslach Burnout Inventory has three dimensions that allow us to quantify the risk factors for burnout. A burned-out individual is likely to have one or more “risk factors”: increased emotional exhaustion, increased depersonalization (also...

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