April 2009 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: Michael K. Kearney, MD
- Burnout and compassion fatigue are fundamentally different phenomena. Understanding the difference is helpful for effective intervention.
- Investments in self-awareness and self-care are sound business strategies that can be expected to reduce staff turnover and increase patient satisfaction.
- Mindfulness meditation and reflective writing have both been shown to increase self-awareness and self-care. They are among a number of strategies that can be built into clinical practice to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.