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Table 6 Association of self-reported patient care practices with personal, work-related and client-related burnout among the postgraduate doctors (N=245)

From: Burnout among postgraduate doctors in Colombo: prevalence, associated factors and association with self-reported patient care

Self-reported patient care statements Personal burnout Work-related burnout Client-related burnout
Present Absent Present Absent Present Absent
‘I discharged patients to make the ward more manageable’ (N = 204)a 43 (52.4%) 55 (45.1%) 29 (50.0%) 69 (47.3%) 12 (60.0%) 86 (46.7%)
OR = 1.3 (0.8–2.3) P = 0.302 OR = 1.1 (0.6–2.0) P = 0.724 OR = 1.7 (0.7–4.4) P = 0.260
‘I did not fully discuss treatment options or answer a patient’s/ patient’s parent’s questions’ 34 (33.3%) 38 (26.6%) 25 (33.3%) 47 (27.6%) 11 (50.0%) 61 (27.4%)
OR = 1.4 (0.8–2.4) P = 0.252 OR = 1.3 (0.7–2.3) P = 0.368 OR = 2.7 (1.1–6.4) P = 0.026
‘I ordered more laboratory or radiology tests because I was so busy’ (N = 204)a 16 (19.5%) 23 (18.9%) 12 (20.7%) 27 (18.5%) 8 (40.0%) 31 (16.8%)
OR = 1.0 (0.5–2.1) P = 0.906 OR = 1.1 (0.5–2.5) P = 0.719 OR = 3.3 (1.2–8.7) P = 0.028
‘I did not treat a patient’s pain in a timely manner’ 21 (20.6%) 20 (14.0%) 15 (20.0%) 26 (15.3%) 10 (45.5%) 31 (13.9%)
OR = 1.6 (0.8–3.1) P = 0.172 OR = 1.4 (0.7–2.8) P = 0.363 OR = 5.2 (2.0–13.0) P = < 0.001
‘I did not communicate important information during handoff to my colleague’ 22 (21.6%) 23 (16.1%) 16 (21.3%) 29 (17.1%) 9 (40.9%) 36 (16.1%)
OR = 1.4 (0.7–2.7) P = 0.274 OR = 1.3 (0.7–2.6) P = 0.426 OR = 3.6 (1.4–9.0) P = 0.01
‘I did not discuss a patient’s treatment plan with the patient’s appropriate nursing or ancillary staff’ 38 (37.3%) 40 (28.0%) 27 (36.0%) 51 (30.0%) 11 (50.0%) 67 (30.0%)
OR = 1.5 (0.9–2.6) P = 0.124 OR = 1.3 (0.7–2.3) P = 0.353 OR = 2.3 (1.0–5.6) P = 0.055
  1. aAnaesthesia trainees and Emergency Medicine trainees undergoing Anaesthesia appointment were excluded since they are not involved in these practices
  2. ORs and p values shown in bold print indicate patient care practices that were significantly (p < 0.05) associated with burnout