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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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MADRIGAL SOLANO, Dra. Myleen. "Burnout" in doctors: theoretical approaches and some differential diagnoses. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.2, pp.137-153. ISSN 2215-5287.

In last the three decades many authors and investigators have made their contributions to the Syndrome of Burnout or professional exhaustion, mainly in doctors, being this one of the affected populations. It is necessary to differentiate the Burnout from other concepts that can be overlapped with it like depression, stress and labor dissatisfaction, recognizing that this syndrome can cause the sufficient physical and mental deterioration in the health personnel to the point of being able to interfere seriously in their daily work and to cause, consequently, important damages the health of their patients. This is why it is of vital importance to make conscience of the necessity of prevention in the aspects that can be corrected or of the identification of the process of Burnout once restored.

Keywords : Burnout; emotional exhaustion; depersonalization; realization; depression; dysthymia; work; stress; dissatisfaction; coping; prevention; psychotherapy.

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