Heart rate variability in different levels of burnout – Cross-sectional study of different occupational groups heart rate variability and burnout
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Objectives: The aim of this study was a subjective and objective stress analysis of occupational groups. Methods: The study examined 414 employees with patients or children contact on work. The age ranged from 22 to 63 years. Subjective stress was measured using the Maslach Burnout Inventory and objective stress with heart rate variability (HRV). Results: Twenty-one percent of subjects showed a high level of exhaustion, 12.9% a high level of cynicism and low performance. There were significant group differences between cynicism levels in meanNN (P = .008) and meanHR (P = .002). There were no significant differences in HRV for exhaustion and professional efficacy. Conclusions: The health-impairing manifestations of the three dimensions of the burnout syndrome are not associated with the lower HRV. However, healthy subjects from a “screening” study who had not been clinically diagnosed with burnout were examined here.