Minimising compassion fatigue in obstetrics/gynaecology doctors: exploring an intervention for an occupational hazard

Rosemary Allen, Felice Watt, Brendan Jansen, Edwina Coghlan, Elizabeth A. Nathan

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    Abstract

    Aim: To explore the indicators of occupational stress in a group of obstetrics and gynaecology doctors and to investigate the impact of work-focused discussion groups over a 6 month period. Methods: The ProQOL questionnaire was used to measure the efficacy of monthly psychiatrist-led Balint style discussion groups on minimising Compassion Fatigue (consisting of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout). The 25 doctors were given the given the ProQOL questionnaire to complete: (a) at the initiation of the intervention in July 2015, (b) in October 2015, and (c) in December 2015. Results: Significantly decreased levels of Secondary Traumatic Stress (p=0.008), Burnout (p=0.010), as well as significantly increased rates of Compassion Satisfaction (p=0.035) were recorded. Participants requested that the groups be continued. Conclusions: Psychiatrist-led work focused discussion groups were associated with improved rates of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction in this sample group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-406
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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