Banerjee et al. recently attempted to estimate the ‘prevalence’ of burnout among European oncologists.Studies of burnout’s ‘prevalence’ are flourishing in the medical literature, with their cortege of arbitrary estimates. We think that it is high time to reconsider the way burnout is conceived and assessed, in order to avoid a trivialization of the job stress phenomenon and allow for a more rational allocation of our (limited) interventional resources. Recasting burnout as a work-related depressive condition may be a critical step in this process.
Bianchi, R., Schonfeld, I.S., & Laurent, E. (2017). Can we trust burnout research? Annals of Oncology, 28, 2320-2321. doi:10.1093/annonc/mdx267