The concerns of oncology professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from the ESMO Resilience Task Force survey II
AuthorsLim, Kok Haw Jonathan
Westphalen, C. B.
AffiliationDepartment of Medical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK; Department of Immunology and Inflammation, Imperial College London, London, UK; Immunobiology Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK.
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractBackground: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes to professional and personal lives of oncology professionals globally. The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Resilience Task Force collaboration aimed to provide contemporaneous reports on the impact of COVID-19 on the lived experiences and well-being in oncology. Methods: This online anonymous survey (July-August 2020) is the second of a series of global surveys launched during the course of the pandemic. Longitudinal key outcome measures including well-being/distress (expanded Well-being Index-9 items), burnout (1 item from expanded Well-being Index), and job performance since COVID-19 were tracked. Results: A total of 942 participants from 99 countries were included for final analysis: 58% (n = 544) from Europe, 52% (n = 485) female, 43% (n = 409) ≤40 years old, and 36% (n = 343) of non-white ethnicity. In July/August 2020, 60% (n = 525) continued to report a change in professional duties compared with the pre-COVID-19 era. The proportion of participants at risk of poor well-being (33%, n = 310) and who reported feeling burnout (49%, n = 460) had increased significantly compared with April/May 2020 (25% and 38%, respectively; P < 0.001), despite improved job performance since COVID-19 (34% versus 51%; P < 0.001). Of those who had been tested for COVID-19, 8% (n = 39/484) tested positive; 18% (n = 7/39) felt they had not been given adequate time to recover before return to work. Since the pandemic, 39% (n = 353/908) had expressed concerns that COVID-19 would have a negative impact on their career development or training and 40% (n = 366/917) felt that their job security had been compromised. More than two-thirds (n = 608/879) revealed that COVID-19 has changed their outlook on their work-personal life balance. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the well-being of oncology professionals globally, with significantly more in distress and feeling burnout compared with the first wave. Collective efforts from both national and international communities addressing support and coping strategies will be crucial as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, an action plan should also be devised to tackle concerns raised regarding the negative impact of COVID-19 on career development, training, and job security.
CitationLim KHJ, Murali K, Kamposioras K, Punie K, Oing C, O’Connor M, et al. The concerns of oncology professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from the ESMO Resilience Task Force survey II. ESMO Open. 2021 Aug;6(4):100199.
- The impact of COVID-19 on oncology professionals-one year on: lessons learned from the ESMO Resilience Task Force survey series.
- Authors: Lim KHJ, Murali K, Thorne E, Punie K, Kamposioras K, Oing C, O'Connor M, Élez E, Amaral T, Garrido P, Lambertini M, Devnani B, Westphalen CB, Morgan G, Haanen JBAG, Hardy C, Banerjee S
- Issue date: 2022 Feb
- The impact of COVID-19 on oncology professionals: results of the ESMO Resilience Task Force survey collaboration.
- Authors: Banerjee S, Lim KHJ, Murali K, Kamposioras K, Punie K, Oing C, O'Connor M, Thorne E, Devnani B, Lambertini M, Westphalen CB, Garrido P, Amaral T, Morgan G, Haanen JBAG, Hardy C
- Issue date: 2021 Apr
- Occupational burnout and job satisfaction among physicians in times of COVID-19 crisis: a convergent parallel mixed-method study.
- Authors: Alrawashdeh HM, Al-Tammemi AB, Alzawahreh MK, Al-Tamimi A, Elkholy M, Al Sarireh F, Abusamak M, Elehamer NMK, Malkawi A, Al-Dolat W, Abu-Ismail L, Al-Far A, Ghoul I
- Issue date: 2021 Apr 28
- Identifying and preventing burnout in young oncologists, an overwhelming challenge in the COVID-19 era: a study of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM).
- Authors: Jiménez-Labaig P, Pacheco-Barcia V, Cebrià A, Gálvez F, Obispo B, Páez D, Quílez A, Quintanar T, Ramchandani A, Remon J, Rogado J, Sánchez DA, Sánchez-Cánovas M, Sanz-García E, Sesma A, Tarazona N, Cotés A, González E, Bosch-Barrera J, Fernández A, Felip E, Vera R, Rodríguez-Lescure Á, Élez E
- Issue date: 2021 Aug
- Burnout and career satisfaction among attending neurosurgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Authors: Khalafallah AM, Lam S, Gami A, Dornbos DL 3rd, Sivakumar W, Johnson JN, Mukherjee D
- Issue date: 2020 Nov