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Moral Distress in HCT Professionals Evaluated

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant; ePub 2017 Nov 28; Neumann, et al

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) health professionals reported burnout, moral distress, and inadequate work-life balance in a cross-sectional, web-based survey involving >1,500 providers. Still, overall career satisfaction remained high. Participants included nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and social workers. They completed a web-based survey assessing burnout, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, moral distress, work-life balance, and career satisfaction. Among the results:

  • The overall prevalence of burnout was 40%, a rate that differed across disciplines.
  • >One-half of pharmacists reported burnout, which was the highest rate noted.
  • <One-third of social workers reported such, the lowest rate noted.
  • Moral Distress Scale scores differed by discipline, ranging between 0 and 336.
  • Pharmacists had the highest average moral distress score (62.9); social workers had the lowest (42.7).
  • Those reporting burnout were more likely to describe inadequate work-life balance and low career satisfaction.
  • Despite these findings, there was a high level of career satisfaction across disciplines overall.


Neumann J, Mau LW, Virani S, et al. Burnout, moral distress, work-life balance and career satisfaction among hematopoietic cell transplantation professionals. [Published online ahead of print November 28, 2017]. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2017.11.015.

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