How oncologists are reducing their burnout

Oncologists are working to reduce their burnout by changing their environment, according to a Medscape report.

The "Oncologist Burnout & Depression Report 2024," released March 29, surveyed 9,226 physicians across more than 29 specialities between July 5 and Oct. 9. 

Eighteen percent of oncologists said their burnout is so severe that they may leave medicine. Meanwhile, 5% said burnout did not interfere with their lives. The top contributors to burnout were too many bureaucratic tasks (59%), too many hours at work (47%) and insufficient compensation (37%).

Here are the ways oncologists said they changed their work environment to reduce burnout (respondents could choose more than one answer):

Spoke with hospital/group administration about productivity pressures: 30%

Make workflow or staff changes to ease workload: 28%

Reduced work hours: 26%

Changed work settings/got a different job: 26%

Sold practice/put it up for sale: 12%

Other: 5%

None of these: 33%

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