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Self-Care as Best Practice in Palliative Care

Elizabeth J. Clark

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0083
Self-Care as Best Practice in Palliative Care

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

For all palliative care professionals, self-care is critical to professional quality of life.

Those working in palliative care are at high risk for compassion fatigue and professional grief.

Witnessing suffering can lead to vicarious trauma.

Losing hope as a professional caregiver is a symptom of burnout.

Professional self-care requires a variety of positive self-care strategies at both the personal and organizational levels.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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