Burnout and depression among college students pursuing Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, in Delhi NCR - a cross sectional study Article

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Swati Nair
Nilam Behere
Suparna Ghosh-Jerath


Stressors from everyday life, along with those from work and academic environment, may compromise the mental health and well-being of allied health professionals. With this study, we tried to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with burnout and depression among students of Bachelor of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Delhi NCR region. This cross-sectional study was carried out among 197 students pursuing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) and Occupational Therapy (BOT) in Delhi, NCR region. Data collection was online, using Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) to assess burnout and depression, respectively, along with basic socio-demographic information. Data analysis was carried out on Stata 15.1. Prevalence was estimated, and factors associated with Burnout and depression were explored using Linear and logistic regression models, respectively. Among 197 participants, the majority were females and the mean age was 22 years. The prevalence of burnout and depression was 79.7% (95% CI: 73.4, 84.7) and 66.5% (95% CI: 59.6, 72.7), respectively. Some factors, like experiencing symptoms of physical exhaustion and satisfaction with academic support from faculty at college, were associated with both burnout and depression separately. The prevalence of burnout and depression among BPT/BOT students in Delhi, NCR, was alarming yet comparable to other health professionals in India and globally. The study provides a narrative of these issues along with associated factors identified among the study population. A need for a longitudinal study to establish a causal association of factors with burnout and depression among this study population is iterated.

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