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Palliative Care in the Home$
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Derek Doyle and David Jeffrey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632272

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632272.001.0001

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Professional stress in palliative care

Professional stress in palliative care

(p.140) 12 Professional stress in palliative care
Palliative Care in the Home

Derek Doyle

David Jeffrey

Kenneth Calman

Oxford University Press

Palliative care is challenging as it entails emotions and stress. Doctors and nurses working in the palliative care setting must be aware of the potential emotional costs they will have to face. This chapter discusses some of the areas of palliative care that can cause stress. It also offers ways to minimize stress and avoid burn out. Among the factors that can cause professional stress are complaints, uncertainty, ethical issues, time, and emotions attached to caring. Some of the methods to avoid these stress-causing factors are keeping up with the latest developments in palliative care, teamwork, finding a balance between work and home, good clinical supervision, and mentoring wherein good appraisal is observed.

Keywords:   emotions, stress, emotional costs, professional stress, complaints, uncertainty, ethical issues

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