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Burnout Found to be Predictor of Depression in Health Care

Key clinical point: Depression occurred in about two-thirds of nurses in the English-speaking section of Cameroon, and accurate predictors could guide early detection and intervention.

Major finding: Overall, the prevalence of depression was 62% based on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory; significant independent predictors of depression included a greater number of night shifts per week, higher Oldenburg Burnout Inventory scores, and recreational drug use.

Study details: The data come from a cross-sectional analysis of 143 nurses with a mean age of 30 years who completed questionnaires about burnout and depression risk factors.

Disclosures: The researchers reported having no financial conflicts to disclose.


Mbanga C et al. BMC Nursing. 2019. doi: 10.1186/s12912-019-0377-4.