Original Article

A study of burnout characteristics among support coordinators for persons with high brain dysfunction

Yasuhiko Shirayama, PhD, Yasoichi Nakajima, MD
Jpn J Compr Rehabil Sci 2: 13-17, 2011

Objective: We conducted a quantitative investigation of burnout (BO) characteristics among support coordinators (SCs) for persons with high brain dysfunction.
Methods: We administered a questionnaire, including the Japanese BO scale items and questions on individual attributes, to 66 persons who attended the national SC Conference.
Results: Of the 66 participants, 65 were SCs. The average scores for sub-factors in the Japanese BO scale were 13.40 } 4.36 for emotional exhaustion, 11.18 } 3.65 for depersonalization, and 16.98 } 3.92 for personal accomplishment. Burnout tendencies were seen in } SCs (13.8%). Comparison of the attributes of the sub-factor scores showed signifi cant differences with regard to the sex of the individual, with women experiencing greater levels of emotional exhaustion than those experienced by men; professional role, with the sense of personal accomplishment being greater in management positions than in nonmanagement positions; and job satisfaction, with the levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization being greater among dissatisfi ed participants than those in satisfi ed participants.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that care tailored to SCsf individual attributes, as well as swift systemwide responses are necessary to prevent BO among SCs.

Key words: High brain dysfunction, support coordinators, burnout, Japanese burnout scale

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