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First Do No Self HarmUnderstanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience$
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Charles Figley, Peter Huggard, and Charlotte Rees

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383263.001.0001

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Medical Doctor Vulnerability to Compassion Fatigue

(p.202) (p.203) 12 Overcopers
First Do No Self Harm

Anna Baranowsky

Douglas Schmidt

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we reflect on the role of physicians, the pressures they endure, potential negative outcomes, and a promising treatment for encouraging self-awareness and self-care. We conceptualize this process of exhaustion as compassion fatigue, which incorporates burnout and the silencing response, which may lead to negative behaviors such as substance abuse and even suicidality. We propose and discuss a new term, “the overcoper” as an identity that many is be emphasized. The Accelerated Recovery Program for treatment of physicians and other health care professionals who are experiencing compassion fatigue is also described.

Keywords:   physician stress, coping, overcoper, compassion fatigue, physician negative outcomes, self-care, accelerated recovery program

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