The American Oncologists Work More Than 50 Hours Per Week – Part 2 of 3
“Oncology can be a tremendously rewarding precinct of medicine, but caring for patients with cancer is also demanding and stressful,” lead author Dr Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist/oncologist, said in a society news release. “Oncologists off long hours, supervise the administration of highly toxic therapy, and continually observe death and suffering, so it is important to study the issues of burnout and career satisfaction”.
Further research is needed to name personal and professional characteristics associated with burnout and career satisfaction, the study authors said. Forty-three percent of the oncologists in the study were in private practice, 34 percent in academic medical centers, and the rest worked in the military, with veterans or in industry.