Working with providers and health systems experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout (IN: Medical Family Therapy, edited by J. Hodgson, A. Lamson, T. Mendenhall, T., & D. Crane.

Caring for families who have experienced trauma, loss, or chronic conditions can have lasting effects on providers, especially when faced with complex situations for extended periods of time. Training programs often do not prepare providers to avoid common challenges such as burnout (BRN) and compassion fatigue (CF). In this chapter, the authors provide operational definitions[…]

Corona exhaustion (CORONEX): COVID-19-induced exhaustion grinding down humanity

The constant presence and reminder of COVID-19, as well as persistent measures to control, test, measure or otherwise monitor this pandemic are taking an eroding psychological toll on the global population, even as select populations begin to receive a vaccine. This daily “presence” is exhausting humanity in ways akin to times of war or extreme[…]

Depression and anxiety predict healthcare workers’ understanding of and willingness to help suicide attempt patients

We examined whether burnout, depression, anxiety, stress, lifetime suicidal ideation, self-efficacy in preventing suicide and demographic factors predicted the understanding of and willingness to help suicidal patients among hospital healthcare workers. A total of 368 healthcare workers from the major surgical and medical departments in a general hospital setting were recruited. Participants responded to the[…]

Responding to a tragedy: Evaluation of a postvention protocol among adult psychiatry residents

In a time of “zero suicide” initiatives and rising suicide rates, resident physicians are particularly susceptible to the psychological and professional ramifications of patient suicide. An adult psychiatry residency program developed and implemented a postvention protocol to address the impact of patient suicide among resident physicians. The current study is a formal evaluation[…]

Physician death by suicide in the United States: 2012-2016

Reports of incidence of physician suicide in the United States (US) are outdated. The aims of this research were to assess incidence, methods, and associated risk factors of physicians compared to non-physicians in the general US population. Retrospective suicide data (victim age 25 and over) from the 2012-2016 National Violent Death Reporting System were analyzed[…]

Initial validation of the suicide competency assessment form among behavioral health staff in the National Health Services Trust

The Suicide Competency Assessment Form (SCAF) provides a framework for suicide prevention skills training. This study assessed SCAF psychometric properties in a sample of behavioral health staff. A cross-sectional survey of National Health Services (NHS) staff from varying disciplines (N = 170) was conducted. The SCAF yielded a 1-factor structure with high internal consistency. Nursing[…]

Physician suicide: A scoping literature to highlight opportunities for prevention.

Physician suicide is concerning for the medical community and general public and remains poorly understood. Several medical organizations have begun launching various initiatives to address physician well-being; yet, efforts to address physician suicide remain specific to the organization or institution. To identify important knowledge and implementation gaps toward physician suicide prevention, this scoping literature review[…]

Burnout, drop out, suicide: Physician loss in emergency medicine, part 1

Each year more than 400 physicians take their lives, likely related to increasing depression and burnout. Burnout—a psychological syndrome featuring emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment—is a disturbingly and increasingly prevalent phenomenon in healthcare, and emergency medicine (EM) in particular. As self-care based solutions have proven unsuccessful, more system-based causes, beyond[…]

Burnout and isolation among flight attendants: A test of the job demands-resources model.

Flight attendants are typically characterized as being engaged in ‘emotional labour,’ which is defined as the effort, planning, and control needed to express organizationally desired emotions during interpersonal transactions. Emotional labour is always stressful and may result in negative job outcomes or health problems. Therefore, drawing on the main propositions of the JD-R model, together[…]

Investigating the antecedents and consequences of burnout and isolation among flight attendants.

Flight attendants, typically characterized as being engaged in ‘emotional labour’, often experience stress when performing their work, and this may result in negative job outcomes and health problems. Based on the job demands–resources (JD–R) model, this study empirically investigates the relationships among job demands, job resources, burnout, colleague isolation, health problems and job performance for[…]