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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stress and burnout among gynecologic oncologists: SGO Evidence-based Review/Recommendations

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There is a high prevalence of burnout among gynecologic oncologists.
Physician burnout is associated with significant personal distress.
There are practical solutions to reduce physician burnout and promote wellness.

1. Introduction
Wellness is “a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of
achieving full potential” as defined by The National Wellness Institute
[1]. While this sounds like an aspiration for every gynecologic oncologist,
achieving it requires dedication, effort, and time, resources that
many physicians deplete at work. A career in gynecologic oncology
can be extremely rewarding, but, it is universally strenuous and
demanding. Caring for women with gynecologic cancers (and complex
gynecologic problems) requires a significant and continuous commitment
from providers which often becomes an all-encompassing mission.
Unfortunately, this level of dedication can lead to burnout [2].
Burnout is a mental state defined by any of the following three
elements: lack of enthusiasm for work, skepticism and distrust, and a
low sense of personal accomplishment. Objectively, burnout can be
measured by theMaslach Burnout Inventory,which assesses: emotional
exhaustion, depersonalization and low personal accomplishment. The
syndrome of burnout is present if at least one of the elements is significantly
abnormal [3]. In addition to burnout, physicians may also


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