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Cross-sectional study
Personality and interpersonal behaviour may impact on burnout in nurses
  1. Fermín Martínez-Zaragoza
  1. Department of Health Psychology, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Fermín Martínez-Zaragoza, Department of Health Psychology, University Miguel Hernández, Elche 03202, Spain; f.martinez{at}umh.es

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Commentary on: Geuens N, Van Bogaert P, Franck E. Vulnerability to burnout within the nursing workforce-The role of personality and interpersonal behaviour. J Clin Nurs 2017. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13808. [Epub ahead of print 15 Mar 2017].

Implications for practice and research

  • Personality characteristics are an important vulnerability factor to consider when exploring the generation of burnout.

  • A better understanding of individual factors associated with burnout could allow the development of bespoke prevention programmes.

  • Individual-directed and organisation-directed interventions can be combined to cope with this problem.

Context

Much has been said about the negative impact of burnout on nurses’ health, but the causes of this phenomenon are still unclear. Shimizutani and colleagues1 found that neuroticism was related to burnout, and a systematic review by Khamisa et al2 regarding this question concluded that, in a broad perspective, burnout, job satisfaction and general health are …

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