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Træt af at yde omsorg: Et aktionsforskningsstudie om, hvordan man forebygger omsorgstræthed blandt medarbejdere på hospice gennem relationsarbejde

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  • Dorte Toudal Viftrup, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Niels Christian Hvidt, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg
Background: When confronted with human suffering and death, health professionals may experience compassion fatigue. The aim was to study how to prevent compassion fatigue when caring spiritually for patients.
Method: The study took place with patients and staff at two hospices in Denmark. The design included 12 individual interviews with patients and nine focus group interviews with the staff, six of these after participation in workshops on spiritual care.
Results: Compassion fatigue was a challenge for hospice staff. Providing spiritual care to dying patients revealed a ‘double vulnerability’, for which the staff needed to prepare.
Conclusion: By participating in workshops and reflecting with close colleagues, the staff came to the conclusion that they needed a shared professional language for spiritual care and collegial spiritual care to prevent compassion fatigue. The study illustrates the importance of establishing supportive relationships among the staff to enable them to practice and receive spiritual care.
Translated title of the contributionTired from caring: An action research study on how to prevent compassion fatigue among hospice employees through a relational focus
Original languageDanish
JournalKlinisk Sygepleje
Pages (from-to)191-206
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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