Suicidal ideation and burnout among psychiatric trainees in Japan

Masaru Tateno, Nikolina Jovanović, Julian Beezhold, Kumi Uehara-Aoyama, Wakako Umene-Nakano, Takashi Nakamae, Naoki Uchida, Naoki Hashimoto, Saya Kikuchi, Yosuke Wake, Daisuke Fujisawa, Keisuke Ikari, Kotaro Otsuka, Katsuyoshi Takahashi, Gaku Okugawa, Norio Watanabe, Tomohiro Shirasaka, Takahiro A. Kato

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Aim: Burnout is a psychological condition that may occur in all workers after being exposed to excessive work-related stresses. We investigated suicidal ideation and burnout among Japanese psychiatric trainees as a part of the Burnout Syndrome Study (BoSS) International. Methods: In the Japanese branch, 91 trainees fully completed suicide ideation and behaviour questionnaire (SIBQ) and Maslach Burnout Inventory—General Survey (MBI-GS). Results: Passive suicidal ideation was reported by 38.5% of Japanese trainees and 22.0% of them had experienced active suicidal ideation. The burnout rate among Japanese subjects was 40.0%. These results were worse compared to the all 1980 trainees who fully completed the main outcome measure in BoSS International, 25.9%, 20.4% and 36.7%, respectively. Conclusions: Our results suggest a higher risk of suicide among Japanese residents. Japan has a higher suicide rate than other countries. Early detection of, and appropriate intervention for, suicidal ideation is important in preventing suicide in psychiatry residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-937
Number of pages3
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct


  • burnout
  • depression
  • psychiatric trainee
  • suicidal ideation
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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    Tateno, M., Jovanović, N., Beezhold, J., Uehara-Aoyama, K., Umene-Nakano, W., Nakamae, T., Uchida, N., Hashimoto, N., Kikuchi, S., Wake, Y., Fujisawa, D., Ikari, K., Otsuka, K., Takahashi, K., Okugawa, G., Watanabe, N., Shirasaka, T., & Kato, T. A. (2018). Suicidal ideation and burnout among psychiatric trainees in Japan. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12(5), 935-937.