6 tips to help you tackle burnout

Individual doctors have a professional responsibility to take care of themselves to avoid burnout, argues a US professor of medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A common problem among doctors across all specialties, Dr Tait Shanafelt and colleagues describe burnout as “a syndrome of exhaustion, cynicism and decreased effectiveness at work”.

While government and healthcare institutions have a major role to play in addressing the problem, they say much can be done