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Third of Oncologists Report High Burnout; 30% Turn to Alcohol

(Medscape Medical News) Feb 23, 2017 - A meta-analysis of data from 4876 oncologists found that a third reported high burnout, or emotional exhaustion, and 30% reported drinking alcohol in a problematic way.

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Thomas Marsland, MD (Posted: March 02, 2017)

quotesBoy are we a mess....... 30% of us are drunks, 20% drug addicts, and another 20% are crazy. Ok so maybe a tad dramatic... but burn out and stress are clearly an issue. I personally don't believe the dealing with dying patients is the most stressful part of practice. Hospice physicians and palliative care doctors didn't seem to have quite the same degree of problems yet they deal with end of life all the time also. For me the biggest stress producer is the constant battle with the regulatory agencies (payers and government) that continually put barriers in place that make good care more difficult. Stress itself is not always a bad thing. It can be a strong motivator for action. For me adequate time off to spend with family is critical. I think that we do need to be sure that as part of any training program that students and fellows are taught the importance of time off and relaxation. At this point think I will retire to the couch with my single malt. quotes

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