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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Caring for yourself

Caring for yourself

(p.351) Chapter 19 Caring for yourself
Children's Palliative Care in Africa

Justin Amery

Mary Bunn

Susie Lapwood

Gillian Chowns

Oxford University Press

Children's palliative care is rewarding but puts a heavy burden on health workers. Being a professional is more than being technically competent. It is about being able to understand one's strengths and weaknesses. Burnout is damaging to oneself, to the team, and to the patients. Each one has built-in resilience that can be strengthened just like one can strengthen muscles or stamina. Building resilience is mostly common sense, but it's amazing how often health workers don't apply their common sense to their own health and well-being. There are easy-to-use tools for assessing how strong resilience is and techniques for developing it further. It describes some of the pitfalls that can trap health care professionals as they carry out their work, and makes suggestions as to how one can avoid the pitfalls, survive, and ultimately thrive.

Keywords:   Africa, palliative care, resilience, health care professional, burnout, stress

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