1358P - Evaluation of burnout syndrome and personalized intervention in the medical oncology unit of the Second University of Naples (SUN)

Date 09 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Poster display
Topics Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
Presenter Francesca Fiore
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 469-473. 10.1093/annonc/mdw386
Authors F. Fiore1, L. Gargiulo1, C. Cardone2, M.M. Laterza3, M. Fasano4, F. De Vita2, F. Ciardiello1
  • 1Dipartimento Medico-chirurgico Di Internistica Clinica E Sperimentale, AOU Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (AOU-SUN), 80131 - Napoli/IT
  • 2Medical Oncology, AOU Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (AOU-SUN), 81131 - Napoli/IT
  • 3Medical Oncology, AOU Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (AOU-SUN), 81130 - Napoli/IT
  • 4Medical Oncology, AOU Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (AOU-SUN), 80131 - Napoli/IT

Abstract

Background

Burnout and stress occur frequently among oncology healthcare workers. These syndromes affect quality of life with detrimental effect on personal wellness and patient–physician relationship. The objective of our research was to estimate the levels of stress and burnout among the healthcare workers of the oncology department of SUN and to evaluate the possible effects on personal and professional life in order to organize an useful therapeutic approach.

Methods

Burnout and stress levels were measured among 35 oncology healthcare workers (9 physicians, 19 residents, 6 nurses) at our institution.Burnout levels were assessed by using the “Link Burnout Questionnaires” (LBQ),consisting of 24 items, scored with Likert scale (0 – 6). Stress levels were analysed by using the “Health Professions Stress and Coping Scale” (HPSCS)”, a self-report questionnaire. We calculated three severity levels (low, medium and high) for burnout (0-8; 9-24; 25-36) and stress (1540), according to the score intervals obtained in each section.

Results

Questionnaires were administered in March 2016. Median age of our population was 30 years (25 – 65) and 77% were females. Total burnout level was scored as medium in the overall population, with no major differences among physicians, residents and nurses. Total stress level was found medium-high in the overall population with no difference among the three groups. Stress and burnout levels were correlated with age, sex, years of service and working hours in the overall population and among the three professional groups: in LBQ test, IP level (Professional Ineffectiveness) was more prevalent among residents (p:

Conclusions

These results represent a basal evaluation of stress and burnout prevalence in our institution. No major differences were found among the subpopulations analyzed. A psychoncologist intervention centered on an individual rather than a group approach has been adopted. Tests will be repeated after three months. Further results will be presented at that time.

Clinical trial identification

N/A

Legal entity responsible for the study

Department of Internal and Experimental Medicine "F. Magrassi", Second University of Naples

Funding

Department of Internal and Experimental Medicine "F. Magrassi", Second University of Naples

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.