Burnout in oncologists is a serious issue: What can we do about it?

      Highlights

      • Burnout in oncologists is a serious issue that can have significant personal and professional consequences.
      • Risk factors identified include early career stage, increased workload and poor work/life balance.
      • Individual-focused, organisational and mixed interventions have been introduced to reduce burnout.

      Abstract

      The cancer burden is rising globally with an increasing need for oncologists. The significant demands associated with caring for cancer patients within a rapidly evolving scientific field, poses manifold challenges, including the risk of work-related burnout. Surveys have already shown that the prevalence of burnout in oncologists worldwide is significant. There is growing concern that burnout has a detrimental impact on the wellbeing of oncologists and their patients. In this review article, we provide an oncologist’s perspective on this important and topical issue. We have summarised the literature with regard to the consequences of physician burnout, its associated risk factors and previously evaluated solutions. We conclude by suggesting further strategies for addressing this problem.

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