Burnout in palliative care: a systematic review

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Burnout is a phenomenon characterized by fatigue and frustration, usually related to work stress and dedication to a cause, a way of life that does not match the person's expectations. Although it seems to be associated with risk factors stemming from a professional environment, this problem may affect any person. Palliative care is provided in a challenging environment, where professionals often have to make demanding ethical decisions and deal with death and dying. This article reports on the findings of a systematic review aimed at identifying described burnout levels in palliative care nurses and physicians, and the related risks and protective factors. The main findings indicate that burnout levels in palliative care, or in health care settings related to this field, do not seem to be higher than in other contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalNursing Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • Burnout
  • End of life
  • Ethics
  • Palliative care


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