Job stress and satisfaction among clinical radiologists

Graham, J. and Ramirez, A.J and Field, S. and Richards, M.A (2000) Job stress and satisfaction among clinical radiologists. Clinical Radiology, 55 (3). pp. 182-185. ISSN 0009-9260. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/crad.1999.0379

Abstract

AIMS: Consultant radiologists appear to be at greater risk of burnout than consultants working in other specialties. The aim of this study was to examine sources of stress and satisfaction at work for radiologists and hospital consultants in other specialties in order to try to understand this difference. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A postal questionnaire survey of psychiatric morbidity (12-item General Health Questionnaire), burnout (Maslach Burnout Inventory) and sources of job stress and satisfaction (study-specific questionnaires) was carried out among a random sample of 882 hospital consultants working in radiology and three other specialties (surgery, gastroenterology and oncology), RESULTS: The most stressful aspect of work for radiologists was work overload. Inadequacies in current staffing and facilities and concerns about funding were also major sources of stress, as were impositions made on radiologists by other clinicians. The most important sources of satisfaction for radiologists were their relationships with patients and being perceived to do their job well by colleages. Importantly, radiologists reported less satisfaction than the other specialists from many of the aspects of work measured. A greater proportion of radiologists than other specialists felt insufficiently trained in communication skills [80% (n = 168) vs 47% (n = 310); P < 0.001] and management skills [84% (n = 179) vs 76% (n = 506); P < 0.05], CONCLUSION: These data highlight aspects of radiologists' work which need to be tackled in order to reduce their stress and increase their satisfaction, and thereby their risk of burnout.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: professional burnout; radiologist; psychological stress; job satisfaction; workload
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 13:18
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2009 13:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16150 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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