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Exploring palliative caregivers’ experiences of compassion fatigue in a hospice

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dc.contributor.advisor Kweswa, Gcina
dc.contributor.author Maja, Boitumelo Kgabo
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-19T12:38:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-19T12:38:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02
dc.identifier.citation Maja, Boitumelo Kgabo (2016) Exploring palliative caregivers’ experiences of compassion fatigue in a hospice, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/22291>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/22291
dc.description.abstract Caring for the chronically ill is a growing phenomenon that deserves careful attention and research, since the quality of life of the palliative caregiver is threatened by the continuous exposure to psychological, physiological, as well as relational burdens. A hermeneutic phenomenological study was used to explore palliative caregivers‟ experiences of compassion fatigue when caring for chronically ill patients in a hospice setting. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Bophelong Community Care Centre‟s palliative caregivers between the ages of 20 and 60 years who were employed in a hospice for a minimum of at least two years, thus well-placed to describe their experiences of compassion fatigue when caring for chronically ill patients in a hospice setting. Data was collected through individual interviews, recorded and transcribed. Using thematic analysis, meaningful patterns and themes of data were discovered to better understand compassion fatigue as a phenomenon of interest. The findings pointed to four categories, i.e. the effects of compassion fatigue on palliative caregivers‟ emotional wellbeing, personal and work relationships, physical discomfort, and spiritual awareness, that describe the experiences of palliative caregivers of compassion fatigue in a hospice setting, thus providing a holistic understanding of the complexity of compassion fatigue in a palliative care hospice setting. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 130 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Caregivers en
dc.subject Chronically ill patients en
dc.subject Compassion fatigue en
dc.subject Hospice en
dc.subject Palliative care en
dc.subject.lcsh Palliative treatment -- Mamelodi (Pretoria, South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Chronically ill -- Care -- Mamelodi (Pretoria, South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Fatigue -- Prevention
dc.subject.lcsh Hospice care -- Caregivers -- Mamelodi (Pretoria, South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Caregivers -- Care -- Mamelodi (Pretoria, South Africa)
dc.title Exploring palliative caregivers’ experiences of compassion fatigue in a hospice en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.degree M. A. (Research Psychology)


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