Compassion satisfaction and fatigue: An investigation into levels being reported by radiotherapy students

Flinton, D. M., Cherry, P., Thorne, R., Mannion, L., O'Sullivan, C. & Khine, R. (2018). Compassion satisfaction and fatigue: An investigation into levels being reported by radiotherapy students. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice,

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Abstract

Introduction: Studies have investigated the prevalence of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in various healthcare professions. However, the majority of evidence is linked to the nursing profession and little is known about paramedical professions such as radiography and even less is known about its prevalence in students. The purpose of this study was to describe the levels of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in the student population and how they varied in time.

Methods: Students undertaking radiotherapy training at the researcher’s host sites were surveyed using the Professional Quality of Life questionnaire at the end of each final clinical bock in each year of their training.

Results & Conclusion: During the three years of training compassion satisfaction falls and burnout increases in the student population, although the change is not significant. Secondary traumatic stress increases significantly during the 3 years of training, F=5.725, p=0.005. Considerable variation also exists in the three scores dependent on the student’s clinical training site. Relationships are also observed between some personality traits, particularly conscientiousness and neuroticism and compassion scores.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is to be published in a revised form in Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-radiotherapy-in-practice. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press
Publisher Keywords: Burnout, Compassion fatigue, Secondary traumatic stress
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19983

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