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The effects on staff of working in an eating disorders unit

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Delft, Willem Friedemann en Kay, Marcia Lesley en 2009-08-25T11:01:06Z 2009-08-25T11:01:06Z 2009-08-25T11:01:06Z 2007-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Kay, Marcia Lesley (2009) The effects on staff of working in an eating disorders unit, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description 1 online resource (vii, 138 leaves : ill.)
dc.description.abstract Following an awareness of an increased turn over of staff in the eating disorder unit as compared with other specialised units, in a psychiatric hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tara Hospital, the researcher was motivated to investigate the issue. An exploratory, descriptive based research was chosen to explore and gain information about the topic and its implications. A qualitative research approach was used to gain insight into the perceptions and needs of the team working on the unit. The case study method was used. A pilot study was undertaken to test the validity of the interview schedules. The sampling category was a non- probability one. Individuals were selected from the population of staff working on the unit. Participants were selected from two groups, those who were presently working on the unit and those who had previously worked on the unit and now working in other units. Interview procedure involved personal semi-structured interviews conducted by the researcher and analysed qualitatively and a structured interview questionnaire analysed quantitatively. The researchers assumption that many staff members move from working in an eating disorders unit was confirmed and is due to the following: Staff turnover is due to constant exposure to occupational stress and burnout. Feelings of helplessness, a sense of being unappreciated and excessive exposure to conflict from the patients. In addition, staff experience minimum rewards leading to lowered job satisfaction due to the patients slow recovery rates and a poor prognosis of the illness. Staff also experience a change in their eating patterns and an increased awareness around food and food issues. Recommendations to the staff include: * Psycho-education on eating disorders. * Implementation of strategies to provide supportive care for all staff members. * Education on stress management and strategies to prevent staff burnout and lowered job satisfaction. * A multidisciplinary teamwork approach by the staff, when working in the unit. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Psychiatric hospital en
dc.subject Exploratory research design en
dc.subject Pilot study en
dc.subject Team work en
dc.subject Psycho-education en
dc.subject The multidisciplinary team en
dc.subject The unit en
dc.subject The patients en
dc.subject Anorexia Nervosa en
dc.subject Bulimia Nervosa en
dc.subject.ddc 610.73019
dc.subject.lcsh Nursing -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses -- Job stress
dc.subject.lcsh Medical personnel -- Job stress
dc.subject.lcsh Eating disorders
dc.subject.lcsh Anorexia nervosa
dc.subject.lcsh Bulimia
dc.title The effects on staff of working in an eating disorders unit en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Social Work en M. A. (Social Science in Mental Health) en

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