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The everyday life of survivors. The quality of life of hospice workers

The everyday life of survivors. The quality of life of hospice workers

Orvosi Hetilap 157(25): 1000-1006

Each year, the number of hospice services and terminally ill patients increase while the number of hospice workers is falling. The intensification of the physical and mental burdens of the latter can lead to burnout and the fluctuation of the workers. The aim of the authors was to survey the physical and mental state of hospice workers, as well as the risk of burnout and coping strategies. A questionnaire survey in hospice experts and volunteers (n ≈ 1500) based on the Hungarostudy survey was performed. Those who filled in the questionnaire (n = 195) had on average 1.86 workplaces and 45.8% of them reported working 12 or more hours a day. Most often, they suffered from lack of energy (65.1%), disturbing physical pain (46.9%), sleeping (56.9%) and digestion (35%), they considered themselves overweight (56.9%) and they were occupied with work problems even at bedtime (72.8%). Hospice workers are overloaded, they have physical and mental symptoms and they are characterized by compassion fatigue. At the same time, they are also characterized by compassion satisfaction as an ability to accept appreciation for the caretaking.

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PMID: 27287840

DOI: 10.1556/650.2016.30452

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