Burnout among chiropractic practitioners: real or imagined an exploratory study protocol
1 Department of Health Professions, CUNY York College, 94 - 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451, USA
2 35 Maroondah Highway, Lilydale 3140, Australia
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012, 20:4 doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-4Published: 27 February 2012
Burnout is a psychological syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment that has been found to exist in a significant number of healthcare and helping professionals. It imposes a significant societal burden by shortened practitioner lifespan, decreased efficiency, negative health outcomes and poorer levels of patient care. Theoretical models suggest that it appears to be the result of a complex interaction between job resources and job demands. It may be reasonable to conclude that Chiropractic professionals experience similar vocational demands and thus experience significant levels of occupational stress and subsequent burnout. However the data on burnout within the chiropractic profession is limited. It is possible that this results in significant negative outcomes on chiropractors and their patients. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to demonstrate the need to explore burnout in chiropractic practice and offer a research protocol for a potential study.