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Lifestyle among urology trainees and young urologist in the context of burn-out syndrome

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  • M Rodríguez-Socarrás
  • P Skjold Kingo
  • P Uvin
  • P Østergren
  • G Patruno
  • E Edison
  • V Kasivisvanathan
  • J L Vásquez
  • F Esperto
  • J Gómez Rivas
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INTRODUCTION: Burnout syndrome has increased dramatically in urology within recent years. A healthy lifestyle has been described as a protective factor. However, data on lifestyle is lacking among residents and urologists and remains to be elucidated. We aim to assess lifestyle among urology residents and young urologists across Europe.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Members of the European Society of Residents in Urology (ESRU) designed a 34-item online survey via The survey was designed in accordance with Checklist for Reporting Results of Internet E-Surveys (CHERRIES) guidelines and was distributed via e-mail and social media in 23 European countries to urology residents and young urologists. The primary endpoint was reported as self-perceived health status. Secondary endpoints included questions on sleeping disorders, exercise and dietary habits. Data was analyzed SPSS software.

RESULTS: A total of 412 residents and young urologists responded to the survey. The mean age of the respondents was 31.4±3.9 yr. The data on dietary intake demonstrate a mean of 2 or more cups/day of coffee and alcohol consumption 2-3 times/week. The intake of fruits and vegetables is very low, almost 60% of responders consume<1 portions of fruit/day and more than half (52%) eat<1 portion of vegetable/day. Overall, the majority of respondents reported to have a moderate to low satisfaction with lifestyle (59.65%) and low to moderate self-perceived health status (45.94%). Moreover, 46% of respondents reported to have some kind of sleep disturbance and 60% only slept 6hours/night or less with 53% reporting a moderate to very low quality of Sleep. Regular exercise of at least 30min twice weekly was only performed by 33% of the respondents.

CONCLUSIONS: Residents and young urologists have unbalanced diet, tend to exercise too little and often suffer from sleep disturbances all of which increases the risk of burnout. Physicians, organizations and institutions should strive to promote healthy lifestyle, resiliency and support programs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActas Urologicas Espanolas
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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