E1046. The Concept of Gaslighting in the Radiology Workplace: Concepts and Implications
  1. Brandon Ballane; New York Medical College
  2. Emmanuel Courchia; New York Medical College
  3. Prem Swaroop Patel; Westchester Medical Center
  4. Carlo Gwardschaladse; Westchester Medical Center
  5. Jared Meshekow; Westchester Medical Center
  6. Perry Gerard; Westchester Medical Center
The mental health of the workplace can have an immense impact on the communication and effectiveness of a workforce. The importance of maintaining a positive, professional, and collaborative environment is crucial to providing effective medicine in the inpatient and outpatient setting of radiology. Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse that can have a negative impact on the mental health of employees and impair the effectiveness of the radiology staff. Gaslighting uses manipulation techniques directed at employees, thus leading to distrustful relationships, poor communication, and a hostile work environment. We propose the possible methods of gaslighting, the techniques to identify the occurrence of gaslighting, and the negative implications of gaslighting that can occur in the radiology workplace.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Gaslighting can occur through a variety of techniques in the workplace that can negatively impact colleagues as well as patients. Gaslighting in the workplace creates a hostile, unfair, and anxious work environment for employees. Medical gaslighting can also occur in radiologist-patient interactions by methods of minimizing a patient’s illness, symptoms, and concerns. Gaslighting tactics can result in the mistreatment of a patient and their illness, further putting the patient at risk for advanced illness and disease. Gaslighting in radiology can occur through actions or by verbal manipulation of the colleague directly. The methods of gaslighting vary from case to case, however, gaslighting cases have underlying characteristics of negativity, manipulation, deception, and persuasion. Gaslighting can have negative implications on the mental health of the radiology staff, workplace efficiency, and can directly or indirectly compromise patient health. In this project, we discuss the techniques of how gaslighting can occur in the workplace, the implications it can have on colleagues and patients, and how to identify gaslighting in the work environment.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques

Gaslighting in the workplace can have serious consequences on the mental health of the radiology staff, workplace relationships, and work effectiveness. Gaslighting must be identified and addressed in the workplace as it will affect the mental health and well-being of the radiology staff as well as have implications on their patient’s long-term health.