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Why Radiology Residents Experience Burnout and How to Fix It

Published:September 19, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2018.08.009
      Almost half of practicing radiologists report burnout (
      • Peckham C.
      Medscape national physician burnout and depression report.
      ,
      • Shanafelt TD
      • Hasan O
      • Dyrbye LN
      • et al.
      Changes in burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance in physicians and the general US working population between 2011 and 2014.
      ). This rate is even higher in radiology residents with rates as high as 85% reported, which is one of the highest rates among medical subspecialties (
      • Guenette JP
      • Smith SE
      Burnout: prevalence and associated factors among radiology residents in New England with comparison against United States resident physicians in other specialties.
      ,
      • Holmes EG
      • Connolly A
      • Putnam KT
      • et al.
      Taking care of our own: a multispecialty study of resident and program director perspectives on contributors to burnout and potential interventions.
      ). The term burnout was coined by Dr Freudenberger to describe the negative effects of profound and prolonged stress and lofty ideals to the “helping” professionals (
      • Freudenberger HJ
      Staff burnout.
      ). It has been described as having three components—emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and decreased feelings of personal accomplishment (
      • Maslach C
      • Schaufeli WB
      • Leiter MP
      Job burnout.
      ).

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