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When residents work less, they feel better: Lessons learned from an unprecedent context of lockdown

  • Degraeve, A.1
  • Lejeune, S.2
  • Muilwijk, T.3
  • Poelaert, F.4
  • Piraprez, M.5
  • Svistakov, I.6
  • Roumeguère, T.6
  • 1 Department of Urology, Saint-Luc University Clinics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2 Institut de Recherche Expérimentale et Clinique (IREC), Saint-Luc University Clinics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • 3 Department of Urology and Department of Development and Regeneration, University Clinics of Leuven, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 4 Department of Urology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • 5 Department of Urology, CHR de la Citadelle, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium
  • 6 Department of Urology, University Clinics of Brussels, Erasme hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Published Article
Progrès en Urologie
Publication Date
Sep 08, 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.purol.2020.08.005
PMID: 32917488
PMCID: PMC7833413
PubMed Central
  • Original Article


Introduction With the COVID-19 outbreak activities of urology departments have been limited to non-deferrable procedures impacting the daily program of residents in urology. We assessed the psychological impact of the lockdown on Belgian residents in urology and their resounding on the quality of the training. Material and Methods A self-administered anonymous questionnaire assessing the risk of burnout in a pandemic situation and its impact on the quality of the training was e-mailed to the members of the European Society of Residents in Urology of Belgium (ESRU-B). We used the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory score which assesses the different dimensions of burnout (personal (CBIP), professional (CBIPro), relational (CBIR)). Several questions evaluating impact on residents’ health and apprehension of the future were included. The survey lasted for 5 days. Comparison of parameters before and during the coronavirus crisis was made using paired samples t -test or Chi2 test were. Results Fifty percent (62/126) of the ESRU-B members replied to the questionnaire. If 93% of the responders reported a negative impact on the quality of their practical training (CI95 = [0.07–1.10]; P  = 0.83), 56% and 61.7% reported a positive impact of the crisis on their life and on their theoretical training respectively. Burnout risk scores were significantly reduced ( P  < 0.001) for each dimension 7.26 to 3.40 (CBIP), 9.02 to 4.35 (CBIPro) and 4.42 to 3.03 (CBIR) respectively. Conclusion Despite a negative impact on the daily work quality, the decrease in activity induced by the lockdown did not have a negative psychological impact on Belgian residents in urology but stress the opportunity to review the current training system to be better balanced between practice and theoretical formation.

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