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Compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and spiritual practice with end of life and palliative care clinicians

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Masters Thesis

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School for Social Work


Social work with the terminally ill-Psychological aspects, Social workers-Psychology, Social workers-Religious life, Palliative treatment-Psychological aspects, Secondary traumatic stress, Social workers-Job satisfaction, Burnout (Psychology), End of life, Palliative care, Spirituality, Compassion fatigue, Compassion satisfaction, Burnout


This quantitative study sought to explore how participation in spiritual practice related to self-reported levels of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction amongst a sample of 55 mental health clinicians in the end of life and palliative care field (EOLPC). The study used an online questionnaire to assess for levels and types of participation in spiritual practice. Additionally, the study utilized the Professional Quality of Life Scale Version V to measure compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout. The findings of this study demonstrated that participants had lower than average levels of compassion fatigue and burnout. Participant levels of compassion satisfaction were moderate and within average ranges. The majority of the sample identified as participating in various forms of frequent spiritual practice. Participants found that these forms of spiritual practice supported their EOLPC clinical work. The findings from this study indicate a need for further research to examine additional factors that may support EOLPC mental health clinicians to thrive in their professional and personal lives.




iv, 86 pages. M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Ma., 2016. Includes bibliographical references (pages 66-73)

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