Professor of KhNMU gave a lecture in Vilnius


On 10 May the lecture “Professional Burnout in Health Care Workers” was given at Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine by Professor Igor Zavgorodnii from Kharkiv National Medical University (Ukraine). During the lecture, the professor introduced the phenomena of professional burnout or burnout syndrome and shared the findings of the joint research study that was implemented within the framework of a scientific agreement between Ukraine and Germany: cooperation between Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, and Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg (Germany).

According to the professor, employee burnout statistics indicate that chronic stress at work often results in mental health problems, regardless of the job type. Referring to the World Health Organization, the professor excluded some characteristics from professional burnout: energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, and negativity or cynicism related to one’s job.

Professor Zavgorodnii concluded his lecture by stating that the proposed methodological (mathematical) approach makes it possible to purposefully work with the group of pre-pathology persons. As he noted, the establishment of early diagnostic criteria for the pre-pathological states of professional burnout syndrome in healthcare professions should be considered a necessary stage in the development of preventive measures, namely the optimisation of the labour process and the availability of psychological assistance for employees.

The professor expressed his gratitude to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University for the invitation to give a guest lecture, as well as to his colleagues from Kharkiv and Magdeburg: well as to his colleagues from Kharkiv and Magdeburg: Professor Valeriy Andriyovych Kapustnyk, Olena Leonidivna Litovchenko, Ph.D., assistant in the Department of Hygiene and Ecology N°2 of Kharkiv National Medical University; M.D., professor; Irina Perova, Ph.D., from Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics; and Professor Irina Böckelmann from the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg.