Burnout of Radiologists: Frequency, Risk Factors, and Remedies: A Report of the ACR Commission on Human Resources

J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Apr;13(4):411-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.11.003. Epub 2016 Jan 4.


Burnout is a concern for radiologists. The burnout rate is greater among diagnostic radiologists than the mean for all physicians, while radiation oncologists have a slightly lower burnout rate. Burnout can result in unprofessional behavior, thoughts of suicide, premature retirement, and errors in patient care. Strategies to reduce burnout include addressing the sources of job dissatisfaction, instilling lifestyle balance, finding reasons to work other than money, improving money management, developing a support group, and seeking help when needed.

Keywords: Job satisfaction; burnout; radiologist burnout; work life balance.

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / epidemiology*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Radiologists / psychology*
  • Radiologists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Workload / psychology
  • Workload / statistics & numerical data*