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Student JAMA
February 4, 2004

Physician Burnout

JAMA. 2004;291(5):633. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.633

Burnout is a syndrome defined by the 3 principal components of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished feelings of personal accomplishment.1 Unlike major depressive disorder, which pervades all aspects of a patient's life, burnout is a distinct work-related syndrome.1 Burnout is most likely to occur in jobs that require extensive care of other people.1