Background: No study before has been conducted looking at the level of optimism and pessimism in emergency medicine residents and how it may be linked to resident burnout. This is the first national- level assessment of these personality factors.
Methods: This was a prospective survey study leveraging data obtained through the 2017 National Emergency Medicine Resident Wellness Survey, which included the Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R). The Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R) is a 10-item tool that measures levels of optimism versus pessimism.
Results: We found that the majority of our resident respondents scored in the moderate category of the LOT-R. Additionally, 12.4% fell into the more optimistic category.
Conclusion: The results indicate that emergency medicine residents are not generally pessimistic and a pessimistic outlook is unlikely to affect resident levels of fatigue, burnout or emotional distress.
Battaglioli, Nicole; Mott, Sarah; Moran, Tim P.; Li-Sauerwine, Simiao; and Melamed, Matt
"Optimist Prime- Emergency Medicine Residents are an Optimistic Group,"
Journal of Wellness: Vol. 2
, Article 10.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jwellness/vol2/iss1/10
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