Compassion Satisfaction- Taking Care Of Our Physios Means Better Patient Care | 33566
Journal of Novel Physiotherapies
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Compassion fatigue (CF) involves demonstrating less compassion toward those being cared for by the professional. Many
physiotherapists and physical therapists (PTs) love their jobs and what they do, exhibiting great compassion satisfaction (CS).
However, many are subjected to the stresses of their job resulting in burnout (BO) and secondary trauma (ST) which are constructs
of CF. Therapists often report being less compassionate toward their patients when feelings of CF emerge. Recognizing the signs and
symptoms of CF is important for the wellbeing of therapists and in providing quality patient care. Results from three studies will be
discussed examining the levels of CS, BO, ST as well as the relationship of these constructs to CF among physiotherapists and physical
therapists around the world involved in various settings, disaster relief work, and among new graduates. What are the average levels
of CS, CF, BO, and STS among therapists around the world? How does CF among therapists vary in regions impacted by disaster, war,
and civil unrest as well as in urban versus rural areas? What strategies do therapists use for mitigating CF? Mixed methods utilizing the
Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) survey and phenomenological interviews were used to answer the questions. The experiences
of our participants indicated that many PTs were aware of CF. Constructive strategies and self-care behaviors were articulated for
mitigating levels of CF. By better understanding CF and the relationship with CS, BO, and ST in the healthcare environment may help
PTs develop better coping strategies for mitigating CF.
Susan G Klappa completed her PhD in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University. She is now the Chair and Program Director of the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Davenport University in Michigan. She has a passion for exploring how interprofessional collaboration, global health, and international community engagement influence the formation of professional identity among physical therapists. She has authored more than 53 peer reviewed papers and presentations at national and international venues. She has taught in many areas of physical therapy education.