Prevalence and Associated Factors of Burnout Syndrome among Ship Officers of the Royal Thai Navy

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Pangrum Yongcharoen
Pornchai Sithisarankul


            The aims of this study were to identify prevalence and associated factors of burnout syndrome among ship officers of the Royal Thai Navy. The samples were 424 ship officers. The inclusion criteria were male ship officers, aged more than 18 years old while excluding those of Royal Thai Naval Academy Training Squadron and temporary assigned crews. The samples were under the Royal Thai Fleet in Sattahip Naval Base, First Naval Area Command, Chon Buri Province. The instrument was self-administered questionnaire about demographic data, medical and health information, work-related data and the Maslach burnout inventory (MBI)-Thai version. Data were analyzed by multiple logistic regression to explore the associated factors of burnout syndrome and presented by frequency, percentage, odds ratio (OR), and 95% CI.

            The results showed that the prevalence of burnout syndrome in ship officers was 22.4%: 13.1% in emotional exhaustion, 23.9% in depersonalization, and 70.4% in reduced personal accomplishment, respectively. The associated factors of burnout syndrome among ship officers were age, education degree, naval rank, interaction with colleagues, inadequate support from organizations, and the idea of resignation from naval ship officers.

            In conclusion, ship officers are at risk of burnout especially those younger and lower ranked ship officers. Therefore, health surveillance and operation of preventive interventions including promotion of interaction with colleagues, and creating supportive environment to reduce burnout syndrome among ship officers.


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Pangrum Yongcharoen, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Resident in Preventive Medicine (Maritime Medicine), Naval Medical Department, Royal Thai Navy, Bangkok

Student in Master of Health Research and Management Program, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Pornchai Sithisarankul, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok


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