Career burnout among pediatric oncologists

Michael Roth, Kerry A. Morrone, Karen Moody, Mimi Kim, Dan Wang, Alyson B. Moadel-Robblee, Adam S. Levy

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Background: Burnout is a work-related syndrome consisting of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished feelings of personal accomplishment. Physicians who care for patients with life-threatening illnesses are at high risk for developing burnout. This survey evaluates the prevalence of burnout among pediatric oncologists, and assesses risk factors associated with the development of burnout. Procedure: A questionnaire was sent via email to 1,047 practicing pediatric oncologists. The survey included the 22 question Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), as well as questions regarding work-related and lifestyle-related factors associated with developing burnout. Results: Four hundred ten pediatric oncologists (40%) responded to the survey. Thirty-eight percent of pediatric oncologists had high levels of burnout on the MBI, while 72% had at least moderate levels of burnout. Women (47% vs. 32%, P<0.004) and physicians practicing for <10 years (50% vs. 33%, P<0.004) had significantly higher rates of burnout. Physicians who reported satisfaction with their lives outside of work were less likely to have burnout (odds ratio 0.238, 0.143-0.396, P<0.001). The availability of a forum for debriefing, and services for physicians affected by burnout were both associated with lower rates of burnout (24% vs. 46%, P<0.001 and 23% vs. 46%, P<0.001). Thirty-six percent of respondents reported their institution has a forum for debriefing and 40% of respondents reported their institution has services available for physicians experiencing symptoms of burnout. Conclusions: Approximately three quarters of pediatric oncologists experience burnout. Further research is needed on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing and treating work-related burnout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1168-1173
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume57
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2011

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Keywords

  • Burnout
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Supportive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology

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Career burnout among pediatric oncologists. / Roth, Michael; Morrone, Kerry A.; Moody, Karen; Kim, Mimi; Wang, Dan; Moadel-Robblee, Alyson B.; Levy, Adam S.

In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Vol. 57, No. 7, 15.12.2011, p. 1168-1173.

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