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The prevalence and potential for developing compassion fatigue and burnout in radiation therapists in Canada

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posted by WM Admin on 2014-11-11 09:35:14.731

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The authors investigated compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout in radiation therapists (RTTs) in Canada, and the level of social support that RTTs receive.

RTTs practicing across Canada were invited to participate in an electronic questionnaire and 477 survey responses were received (36% response rate). Based on the results of their analysis, the authors conlcude that "RTTs practicing in Canada have a substantial social support network and demonstrate high levels of compassion satisfaction in their daily practice. The results of the study indicate that compassion levels are inversely correlated with burnout and compassion fatigue, although some groups may be at higher risk than others. A possible risk catalyst for compassion fatigue and burnout is associated with underdeveloped managerial workplace support programmes".

To read the full abstract, and for information on how to access the full text, go to: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1460396914000144 or contact your DHB library, or organisational or local library for assistance.

Gillies, C., et al. (2014). Results of a Canadian study examining the prevalence and potential for developing compassion fatigue and burnout in radiation therapists. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 13(4), 383-392.