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PUMA (Project on Burnout, Motivation and Job Satisfaction)

The PUMA project is the first Danish research project on Burnout. The project was started in 1999 and will last for five years. Approx. 2000 employees from five different human service occupations participate in PUMA: 1. Employees in social welfare work. 2. Employees in institutions for chronically handicapped. 3. Hospital employees. 4. Employees in a prison. 5. Home helpers in a provincial town and in the capital. All employees – managers as well as staff – will fill in questionnaires three times during the five-year study period. After each round of questionnaires the participating worksites are informed about the relevant results. After receiving feedback from the baseline study the worksites decide on possible interventions aiming at improvements of the psychosocial work environment.

The project has several aims:

  1. To assess the occurrence of burnout in relevant occupational groups.
  2. To analyse causes of burnout. Such causes could be occupational, personal as well as family-related.
  3. To study the consequences of burnout prospectively.
  4. To evaluate the different interventions made in order to reduce burnout and enhance motivation and job satisfaction.
  5. A further purpose of the study will be to analyse the concept of burnout and its relation to other similar concepts such as depression, fatigue, stress, etc. Also, a theoretical discussion of burnout and the preventive potentials will be performed.

The purpose of the empirical part of the study is partly analytical, as a number of hypotheses about possible causal associations will be tested, and partly descriptive, as the prevalence of burnout in a number of occupational groups will be studied. The interventions in PUMA are not described at the moment, since these are in the process of being decided and carried out by the participating worksites. These interventions will to a large extend be influenced by the results of the baseline study.

Project Manager: Marianne Borritz. Project Supervisor: Tage S. Kristensen

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