Burnout among physicians and nurses working in oncology

Anita Caruso, Cristina Vigna, Valentina Bigazzi, Isabella Sperduti, Laura Bongiorno, Amalia Allocca

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Background: The phenomenon of Burnout is an important occupational problem which affects those working in the "helping professions" to a greater degree since they have continuous and constant contact with suffering patients. Aims: We aimed to assess the Burnout level and its correlation with organizational stressors. Methods: The aim was achieved through administration of a questionnaire, the organizational check-up survey (OCSJ among 80 physicians and 102 nurses working in a cancer institute. Results: The results showed significant levels of Burnout (Exhaustion and Cynicism) associated with perceived discrepancy between the workers values and those promoted by the hospital management, mainly among longer serving staff; work overload reported by staff working in the intensive care and medical oncology departments; lack of recognition reported by permanent staff and also those who had no contact with the patients. Conclusions: The study confirmed the multiple factors involved in the phenomenon of Burnout and the usefulness of the OCS toolfor the diagnosis and management of Burnout via appropriate intervention programmes. Furthermore, it also seemed to confirm the need to pay particular attention to the wellbeing of health professionals working in care and treatment of cancer patients via individual measures associated with other organizational measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-105
Number of pages10
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Health care workers
  • Oncology
  • Organizational burnout

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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