However one area that tends to be overlooked is the well-being of the clinicians treating patients.
One such area is burnout in athletic trainers.
Described as a negative response to chronic stress resulting in a mixture of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and reduced personal accomplishment, burnout contributes to health and psychological impairments that may cause patient care to suffer.
Athletic trainers are especially vulnerable to burnout due to the demands of the job and the multitude of stressors associated with providing health care.
An article in the January issue of The International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training (IJATT) investigates what personal and environmental characteristics are associated with burnout in athletic trainers.