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Date registered
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Titles & IDs
Public title
Evaluation of the effects of a resilience intervention to on burnout levels in general practice registrars
Scientific title
A case-control evaluation of the effects of the 'Building Resilience – Sustaining Practice' resilience workshop on burnout levels in South Australian General Practice registrars
Secondary ID [1] 298476 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Burnout 313251 0
Condition category
Condition code
Mental Health 311689 311689 0 0
Other mental health disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Intervention title: "Building Resilience – Sustaining Practice"
The workshop focuses on the stressors and demands that are placed upon general practice registrars as a consequence of the requirements of their work, and also their commitment, pride in their work and often perfectionist nature. The training is based on concepts of positive psychology and has elements of the work of Professor Martin Seligman, Dr Michelle McQuaid and Kathryn McEwen. The training addresses the components of the Resilience at Work (R@W) Sustain 7© measure which is a measure of workplace resilience developed by Dr Kathryn McEwen. Participants will receive a series of interactive face-to-face modules involving lectures, group discussions, mindfulness activities and reflection. This will be a one-day workshop run by a general practitioner and resilience training facilitator. At the beginning of the workshop, participants will be supplied with a workbook specifically designed for this workshop containing activities that they will complete during the workshop, as well as further information and activities for them following the workshop. Workshops will be conducted face-to-face at the offices of participants' training organisation. Participants will only be eligible to attend one workshop. Workshops will not be tailored to individuals or groups. Participants will self-select to participate in the workshop and the research; participate in the workshop without the research; or participate only in the research.
Intervention code [1] 314726 0
Comparator / control treatment
There will be a no-treatment control group who will only complete a series of surveys.
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 320392 0
The primary outcome is changes in burnout levels, as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory – Human Services Survey (for Medical Personnel).
Timepoint [1] 320392 0
For each workshop, baseline burnout levels will be assessed on enrolment prior to the workshop. Burnout levels will be assessed again at 4 weeks (primary endpoint) and 3 months post-intervention
Secondary outcome [1] 371451 0
Changes in the seven domains of occupational resilience, as measured by the R@W-7 scale.
Timepoint [1] 371451 0
Occupational resilience will be assessed simultaneously with burnout i.e. on enrolment prior to the workshop and again at 4 weeks and 3 months post-intervention.

Key inclusion criteria
All senior general practice registrars training with GPEx Ltd (https://www.gpex.com.au)
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Any person who is not a general practice registrar who is training with GPEx Ltd. Additionally, general practice registrars training with GPEx who are not classified as 'senior' registrars (i.e. in their first or second training term) are also not eligible.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Each workshop is designed to facilitate between 8 and 30 participants, however participants will be given a choice regarding participation in the research. Given three workshops are scheduled, we assumed a total of 30 attendees for all three workshops who choose to participate in the research. Based on previous experience with recruitment of general practice registrars for survey-based research, we estimated approximately 30 senior registrars would complete surveys acting as controls. To analyse the effectiveness of the intervention, we plan to run independent-samples t-tests for each burnout dimension (emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and personal accomplishment) comparing changes in burnout levels between and within the intervention and control groups. A-priori power analyses assuming a sample size of 30 participants per group, alpha of .05 and power of .8 indicate this study will be sufficiently powered to identify a moderate effect size (Cohen’s d = .74).

Additionally, registrars will be eligible to participate in interviews where qualitative feedback on the workshop will be sought.

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 303022 0
Other Collaborative groups
Name [1] 303022 0
GPEx Ltd.
Address [1] 303022 0
132 Greenhill Road, Unley, South Australia 5061
Country [1] 303022 0
Funding source category [2] 303081 0
Name [2] 303081 0
The University of Adelaide
Address [2] 303081 0
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Country [2] 303081 0
Funding source category [3] 303082 0
Government body
Name [3] 303082 0
Department of Education, Australian Government – PhD Stipend
Address [3] 303082 0
Department of Education
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
Country [3] 303082 0
Primary sponsor type
The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Secondary sponsor category [1] 302999 0
Name [1] 302999 0
GPEx Ltd.
Address [1] 302999 0
132 Greenhill Road, Unley, South Australia, 5061
Country [1] 302999 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 303570 0
University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 303570 0
Research Services, Office of Research Ethics, Compliance and Integrity, The University of Adelaide, Level 4, Rundle Mall Plaza, 50 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
Ethics committee country [1] 303570 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 303570 0
Approval date [1] 303570 0
Ethics approval number [1] 303570 0

Brief summary
This study seeks to evaluate the effect of a one-day resilience workshop on the burnout levels and occupational resilience in general practice registrars.
Trial website
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Principal investigator
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Dr Diana Dorstyn
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School of Psychology, Level 5 Hughes Building, The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus, Adelaide South Australia 5005
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+61 08 8313 0649
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Contact person for public queries
Name 94123 0
Dr Diana Dorstyn
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School of Psychology, Level 5 Hughes Building, The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus, Adelaide South Australia 5005
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+61 08 8313 0649
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Email 94123 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 94124 0
Dr Diana Dorstyn
Address 94124 0
School of Psychology, Level 5 Hughes Building, The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus, Adelaide South Australia 5005
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Phone 94124 0
+61 08 8313 0649
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Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
Permission was not sought from the ethics committee for sharing of this data. Due to the highly personal nature of the data being collected, the research team agreed to not seek permission for this data to be publicly available.
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
No Results