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Stress and Burnout Among Providers Caring for the Terminally Ill and Their Families

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ISBN 9780866566742
Published August 30, 1988 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Written primarily by individuals with hands-on hospice experience, this crucial volume identifies sources of stress among hospice workers and provides workers and managers with strategies to cope with those stressors. It is an enlightening examination of diverse theoretical perspectives and a much needed investigation on stress and burnout for hospice providers and caregivers.

Readers will find concrete suggestions for the alleviation of stress and burnout in their work with the terminally ill, as well as theoretical and research discussions. The authors explore a wide range of subjects and problems faced by nurses, physicians, social workers, caregivers, hospice directors, and volunteers. They also discuss the many factors in hospice care that may foster unfavorable stress reactions and eventual burnout among hospice professionals. Current literature on job stress and burnout among those who care for the terminally ill is examined and a model of stress and burnout specific to hospice caregivers is presented. The authoritative chapters also identify theories of stress and burnout and the distinction between the two.

Anyone who deals with chronic and terminal illness should read Stress and Burnout Among Providers Caring for the Terminally Ill and Their Families. Hospice caregivers and volunteers, social works, clergy, and health care professionals who work with cancer, renal dialysis, and heart and stroke patients will appreciate the attention given to a subject that has received little study.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • A Model of Job Stress and Burnout
  • Stress and Burnout in the Social World of Hospice
  • Conceptualizing Stress, Coping, and Illness Management in Heart Disease Caregiving
  • Team Stress in Palliative/Hospice Care
  • Burnout Among Hospice Nurses: An Empirical Assessment
  • Causes of Stress and Burnout in Physicians Caring for the Chronically and Terminally Ill
  • Turnover in National Hospice Study Sites: A Reflection of Organizational Growth
  • Volunteer Stress and Burnout: Issues for Administrators
  • Stress Among Hospice Directors: A Growing Concern
  • Stress Reduction for Hospice Workers: A Support Group Model
  • Hospice Caregiving: Strategies to Avoid Burnout and Maintain Self-Preservation
  • Self-Care: Challenges and Rewards for Hospice Professionals

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