1360P - Prevalence of burnout syndrome among Brazilian oncologists, a national survey

Date 09 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Poster display
Topics Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
Presenter Lucas Dos Santos
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 469-473. 10.1093/annonc/mdw386
Authors L.V. Dos Santos1, T.A. Cordas2, A. Calabrich3, F.C. Maluf4
  • 1Medical Oncology Dept, IEP São Lucas Research Cancer Center, 01236030 - São Paulo/BR
  • 2Psychiatry, University of São Paulo, São Paulo/BR
  • 3Medical Oncology, Clinica AMO, Salvador/BR
  • 4Medical Oncology, Centro Oncológico Antônio Ermírio de Moraes, São Paulo/BR

Abstract

Background

Burnout Syndrome (BS) has been recognized as an important issue for oncologists worldwide. The objective of this study was to explore the prevalence of BS, and to explore factors related to this condition.

Methods

During the 19th national oncology meeting sponsored by Sociedade Brasileira de Oncologia Clínica (SBOC) in 2015, participants were requested to fill in an anonymous survey, which included the Maslach Burnout Inventory – Human Services Survey, a validated tool for diagnosing BS, as well socio-demographic and the CAGE questionnaire. The prevalence of BS was calculated using both the Ramirez et al. and Grunfeld et al. criteria.

Results

Among physicians, 108 completed the survey. Among attendants, 52% were female, 67% had a stable relationship, 51% had kids and 18% were still under his training in oncology. Median age was 37.5 years, and median time spent in oncology practice was 10 years. Among them, 61 (57%) consume alcoholic beverages regularly, and 10 (9.5%) were considered addicted according to the CAGE questionnaire. According to Grunfeld et al. and Ramirez et al criteria, BS was found in 70 (65.4%) and 8 (7.5%) of physicians. According to Ramirez et al. criteria, female gender (p = 0.038), not having children (p = 0.022), were related to the risk of having BS. On multiple analyses, however, none of these characteristics impacted on the prevalence of BS. According to Grunfeld et al criteria, female gender (p = 0.010), not having children (p = 0.005), training physician (p = 0.041), more than 40 working hours per week (p = 0.056) not having time for physical activities (p  40 h per week - - - - 60 69.8 - - Mean visit duration - - - - < 20 min - - - - 28 80 0.033 0.861 ≥ 20 min - - - - 42 59.2 - - Physical Activities - - - - ≤ 2 h per week - - - - 42 82.4 2 h per week - - - - 28 50 - -

Conclusions

Burnout Syndrome is a condition highly frequent among Brazilian physicians. We could not identify relevant factors influencing its high prevalence in this setting.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Centro Oncológico Antonio Ermírio de Moraes, IRB

Funding

Personal funds from the authors

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.