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Job Burnout Is Associated With Prehospital Decision Delay: An Internet-Based Survey in China

  • Yin, Han1
  • Jiang, Cheng1
  • Shi, Xiaohe1
  • Chen, Yilin1, 2
  • Yu, Xueju1
  • Wang, Yu1
  • Li, Weiya1
  • Ma, Huan1, 3
  • Geng, Qingshan1, 2
  • 1 Department of Cardiology, Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou , (China)
  • 2 School of Medicine, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou , (China)
  • 3 Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou , (China)
Published Article
Frontiers in Psychology
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 11, 2022
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.762406
  • Psychology
  • Original Research


Background Prehospital delay is associated with non-modifiable factors such as age, residential region, and disease severity. However, the impact of psychosocial factors especially for job burnout on prehospital decision delay is still little understood. Method This internet-based survey was conducted between 14 February 2021 and 5 March 2021 in China through the Wechat platform and web page. Self-designed questionnaires about the expected and actual length of prehospital decision time and the Chinese version of Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey, Type D Personality Scale-14, and Social Support Rating Scale were applied. A total of 1,039 general participants with a history of perceptible but tolerable body discomfort were included. Results The top six reasons for prehospital decision delay were: (1) endure until self-healing (50.7%), (2) too busy to ask for leave (40.3%), (3) process for seeing a doctor too complicated (35.8%), (4) too tired after work (26.2%), (5) worry about the expenditure (16.6%), and (6) fear of being identified as with serious problem (14.5%). The univariate analyses revealed that older age (p = 0.001), type D personality (p = 0.025), job burnout (p = 0.055), and worrying about expenditure (p = 0.004) were associated with prolonged prehospital decision time, while engaged in medical-related job (p = 0.028) and with more social support (p = 0.066) would shorten the delay. The multivariate analysis using logistic regression model with forward selecting method showed that age [per 10 years, odds ratio (OR) 1.19 (1.09–1.31), p < 0.001], job burnout [per 10 points in Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey (MBI-GS), OR 1.17 (1.04–1.31), p = 0.007], and worrying about expenditure [OR 1.75 (1.25–2.47), p = 0.001] were the three determinants for prehospital decision delay (>7 days). Mediating effects were analyzed by using bias-corrected percentile bootstrap methods (N = 10,000). Social support was found partially mediated the relationship between the determinants and prehospital decision time. The partial mediating effect of social support accounted for 24.0% of the total effect for job burnout and 11.6% for worrying about expenditure. Conclusion Psychosocial factors have a non-negligible impact on prehospital decision delay. The crucial part of prehospital decision delay may be the lack of motivation inside. Job burnout and lack of social support, as two commonly seen features in the modern world, should be given enough consideration in disease prevention and treatment.

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