Compassion Fatigue supporting Health care professionals


Reviewing the compassion research: Results show that community nurses who score high on measures of self-compassion and wellbeing, also report less burnout. Greater compassion satisfaction was also positively associated with compassion for others, and wellbeing, whilst also being negatively correlated with burnout.

These studies are concluding that: High levels of self-compassion were linked with lower levels of burnout. Furthermore when community nurses have greater compassion satisfaction they also report more compassion for others, increased wellbeing, and less burnout. The implications of this are discussed alongside suggestions for the promotion of greater compassion 1.

Assisting health professionals and Carers to cultivate compassion can be provided through training in mindfulness and compassion perception of self and others. MindHealthHarmony Circles address this missing link for health providers such as nurses in our health settings. Whether this be in the area of Aged care, chronic illness, disability, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Ongoing regular participation in a resilience focus MHH circle can support this transformation in health and health care settings. Leading to sustainable and compassionate health care outcomes.

Patients in the end of life phase, their carers and associated healthcare providers represent an area of considerable research interest in the mindfulness space (Manteau-Rao, 2012; Singer and Bolz, 2012; Kogler et al., 2013; Whitebird et al., 2013; Kogler et al., 2015; Beng et al., 2016). The research in end of life care has demonstrated that cultivating stability of attention and affect enables clinicians to respond to others and themselves more compassionately and with greater clarity and ethical grounding. Practices, such as mindfulness help train clinicians in attention, prosocial affect, the cognitive dimensions of intention and insight, and embodiment. These features can prime compassion and increase the capacity of clinicians to presence and work skilfully with suffering.

Mindfulness models embedded within group therapy and training are emerging as effective solutions (Didonna, 2009; Hubbling et al., 2014). Patients, carers and healthcare providers are offered the opportunity to engage in self-facilitated mindfulness groups (“circles”). MindHealthHarmony Principal & Trainer will conduct the initial training of participants in a short course then the circles will use this training to progressively apply mindfulness within the groups facilitated by a rotating circle leader (Vaja, 2017). This mindfulness intervention is proposed to:

· Reduce psychological distress;

· Improve resilience;

· Improve compassion and reduce compassion fatigue; and

· Improve the use of services and reduce the use of acute service

. Improve interpersonal collaborations

. Improve overall satisfaction with work role and workplace culture

Ultimately the MindHealthHarmony solutions provide an important and necessary mindfulness and resilience training to ensure health care providers, carers and patients can maintain improved quality of life and wellbeing.

Given the advances that have been made thus far, it is likely that new paradigms for the understanding and application of mindfulness will continue to appear, which would move us further toward the goals of alleviating human psychological suffering and helping others live a life that is happier and more fulfilling 2.

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2016 Aug 30. A pilot study exploring the relationship between self-compassion, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion, professional quality of life and wellbeing among UK community nurses.Durkin M1, Beaumont E2, Hollins Martin CJ3, Carson J4.Author information1School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK. . Electronic address: jfc1@bolton.ac.uk2Keng, S.L, Smoski, M.J, & Robins, C.J. (2011). Effects of Mindfulness on Psychological Health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 31 (6), 1041-10556. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.

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