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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25664

Title: Walking (or Jogging) the Talk: Healthcare Professionals' Experiences of Taking Care of their Own Health
Authors: Moore, Jennifer Bronwen
Advisor: Cole, Ardra
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: healthcare professional
self-care
arts-informed research
wellness
healthcare worker
health promotion
compassion fatigue
burnout
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: Many healthcare providers are at risk of compassion fatigue and burnout from prolonged occupational stress, which can adversely affect workers, patients, and the healthcare system. This qualitative research project inquired into eight female healthcare providers’ experiences of sustaining their own wellbeing. Participants (27 to 60 years old) engaged in semi-structured interviews and participant observation of a self-care activity. Themes were found relating to the variety of self-care strategies used, challenges and supports in the work context, and the important role of authenticity in health promotion practice. Self-care strategies included: social support, pacing, taking breaks, exercise, nutrition, emotional self-care, adapting self-care routines over time, goal setting and prioritization. Supports to wellbeing included: flexible scheduling, taking personal responsibility for wellness, workplace wellness programs, and positive relationships with supervisors, colleagues, friends and family. This arts-informed research project is presented in graphic novel form to enhance its accessibility.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25664
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