Eating Behaviours Among Healthcare Workers and Their Relationships With Work-Related Burnout

Jennifer Utter*, Sally McCray, Simon Denny

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The current research describes the indicators of good nutrition among staff working in a hospital setting and determines if dietary indicators are associated with work-related burnout. In total, 501 staff of a large healthcare organization in SouthEast Queensland, Australia completed a health and wellbeing survey. Multiple regression models were constructed to describe the associations between dietary indicators and burnout, while controlling for age, gender, work role and level of employment. Among the total sample of healthcare workers, indicators of healthy eating were poor. Fewer than 40% reported their overall diet as very good and fewer than 15% of healthcare workers reported eating the recommended 5 or more servings of vegetables per day. There was an inverse relationship between good nutrition and burnout, across a range of indicators (including rating of overall diet, fruit and vegetable consumption and sharing meals with family), such that healthier eating indicators were associate with less burnout. Given that rates of both poor nutrition and burnout among healthcare professionals are high, findings from the current study suggest that efforts to promote better nutrition among healthcare workers are warranted. Future research may evaluate if improving the nutrition of healthcare workers has a positive impact on work-related burnout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Early online date1 Mar 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2023


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