Study connects burnout, health in rad science educators

Although radiologic science educators experience less job burnout than practicing radiologic technologists, there is a significant correlation between health status and burnout levels among the educators, concluded a study published in the July/August 2009 issue of Radiologic Technology.

The survey in the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) of Albuquerque, NM, was conducted by Jeffrey Killion, Ph.D., an associate professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.

The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) survey was e-mailed to 241 randomly selected members of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. The MBI is designed to measure the three subdimensions of burnout (exhaustion, cynicism, and professional efficacy) in a wide range of occupations.

The study found that radiologic science educators experience average levels of emotional exhaustion, low-level feelings of depersonalization, and average levels of feelings about personal accomplishment when compared to a national norm group and practicing radiographers.

However, based on the self-reported health status of the study participants, there seemed to be a strong correlation between adverse health effects and higher burnout levels.

In addition, radiologic science educators reported that headaches, heartburn, and increased blood pressure were the top three conditions that forced them to take medication. Moreover, burnout may also affect the quality of education provided by the educators.

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