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Burnout and work-life balance among pediatric cardiologists: A single center experience

Soham Dasgupta1, Ishaan Dave2, Courtney E. McCracken2, Larry Mohl3, Ritu Sachdeva1, William Border1

1 Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
2 Pediatrics Biostatistics Core, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
3 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

* Corresponding Author: Soham Dasgupta, MD, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30329. Email: email

Congenital Heart Disease 2019, 14(3), 350-355.


Background: Physicians are exposed to workplace factors that may result in acute or chronic stress resulting in burnout. This may impact the productivity and result in suboptimal patient care practices.
Methods: We surveyed pediatric cardiology attending physicians at our institution to assess their perception of burnout and work-life balance using the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Areas of Work-Life Survey.
Results: Forty-five out of the 50 pediatric cardiology attendings responded to the survey. They were divided into 4 groups: Interventional/Electrophysiology [n = 3], Cardiac Intensive Care/Inpatient [n = 8], Non-Invasive Imaging [n = 6], and Outpatient [n = 28]. The Maslach Burnout Inventory demonstrated group-specific scores in the areas of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment that were all significantly better than the general population. However, group-specific Areas of Work-Life Survey results demonstrated concerning findings with respect to the perception of work-life balance.
Conclusions: Although the Maslach Burnout Inventory did not demonstrate significant burnout among the attending physicians, the Areas of Work-Life Survey results demonstrated reduced work engagement, which can impact patient care and lead to burnout in the future. Based on these results, we plan to implement strategies to help increase work engagement and improve overall organizational effectiveness.


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APA Style
Dasgupta, S., Dave, I., McCracken, C.E., Mohl, L., Sachdeva, R. et al. (2019). Burnout and work-life balance among pediatric cardiologists: A single center experience. Congenital Heart Disease, 14(3), 350-355.
Vancouver Style
Dasgupta S, Dave I, McCracken CE, Mohl L, Sachdeva R, Border W. Burnout and work-life balance among pediatric cardiologists: A single center experience. Congeni Heart Dis. 2019;14(3):350-355
IEEE Style
S. Dasgupta, I. Dave, C.E. McCracken, L. Mohl, R. Sachdeva, and W. Border "Burnout and work-life balance among pediatric cardiologists: A single center experience," Congeni. Heart Dis., vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 350-355. 2019.

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