Becker's Healthcare July 29, 2021
Oncologists experienced significant occupational and personal consequences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a qualitative interview-based study recently published in JCO Oncology Practice.
A total of 25 oncologists were invited to participate in the study, published June 21. Members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology interviewed the participants in four separate focus groups with questions related to how the pandemic has affected their well-being and patient care.
Researchers identified the following five thematic consequences after analyzing the interviews:
- The prevalence of pre-COVID-19 burnout
- The pandemic increased occupational burdens.
- The pandemic personally impacted oncologists, both positively and negatively.
- Delays in care amid the pandemic have oncologists worried about the future of cancer care and the workforce.