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The relationship between general practitioner movement behaviours with burnout and fatigue

Mayne, Richard S.; Biddle, Gregory J. H.; Edwardson, Charlotte L; Hart, Nigel D.; Daley, Amanda J.; Heron, Neil


Richard S. Mayne

Gregory J. H. Biddle

Charlotte L Edwardson

Nigel D. Hart

Amanda J. Daley


Background: Physical inactivity is associated with feelings of burnout and fatigue, which in turn are associated with reduced performance among healthcare practitioners. This study explored movement behaviours of general practitioners (GPs) and the association between these behaviours with burnout and fatigue. Methods: GPs in Northern Ireland were asked to wear a thigh-worn accelerometer for seven days and complete validated questionnaires to assess the association between daily number of steps, time spent sitting and standing with feelings of burnout and fatigue. Results: Valid accelerometer data were obtained from 47 (77.0%) participants. Average workday sitting time, standing time and number of steps were 10.6 h (SD 1.5), 3.8 h (SD 1.3), and 7796 steps (SD 3116) respectively. Participants were less sedentary (8.0 h (SD 1.6)) and more active (4.7 h (SD 1.4) standing time and 12,408 steps (SD 4496)) on non-workdays. Fourteen (30.4%) participants reported burnout and sixteen (34.8%) reported severe fatigue. There were no significant associations between sitting, standing and step counts with burnout or fatigue (p > 0.05). Conclusion: GPs were less active on workdays compared to non-workdays and exhibited high levels of sitting. Feelings of burnout and fatigue were highly prevalent, however movement behaviours were not found to be associated with burnout and fatigue. Given the increased sedentariness among GPs on workdays compared to non-workdays, GPs should consider how they can improve their movement behaviours on workdays to help optimise their wellbeing.


Mayne, R. S., Biddle, G. J. H., Edwardson, C. L., Hart, N. D., Daley, A. J., & Heron, N. (in press). The relationship between general practitioner movement behaviours with burnout and fatigue. BMC Primary Care, 25(1), 60.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2024
Online Publication Date Feb 16, 2024
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2024
Journal BMC Primary Care
Print ISSN 2731-4553
Publisher BioMed Central
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 60
Keywords activPAL, Sedentary behaviour, Physical activity, Burnout, General practitioners, Fatigue
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