Does the intervention of mindfulness reduce levels of burnout and compassion fatigue and increase resilience in pre-registration students? A pilot study

CLARKSON, Melanie, HEADS, Gary, HODGSON, Denyse and PROBST, Heidi (2019). Does the intervention of mindfulness reduce levels of burnout and compassion fatigue and increase resilience in pre-registration students? A pilot study. Radiography, 25 (1), 4-9.

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Abstract

Introduction: In the current clinical working environment it is important that therapeutic radiography students are fully prepared not just clinically but emotionally for a working professional life. Mindfulness has shown promise, as a self-care strategy, in the improvement of burnout, resilience and compassion fatigue in other professions; however, it has not been used with therapeutic radiography students. Methods: Eight pre-registration therapeutic radiography students were recruited to undergo a five week mindfulness course; six students from the year below were recruited to act as a control arm (no mindfulness). Data was collected using a series of validated tools at baseline, week five, month three and 12 months after the start of the study: 1. The five-facet mindfulness short form questionnaire (FFMQ-SF)1 2. Maslach Burnout Inventory Student Survey (MBI-SS)2 3. Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) 5 questionnaire3 4. Connor Davidson Resilience-short form scale (CD-RISC)4 Results: The MBI-SS scale demonstrated 29% of the sample experienced emotional exhaustion and 43% increased cynicism. The other tools showed a positive trend with the intervention; however, these were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Although no statistically significant differences were demonstrated between the study arms, some interesting trends have been noted. The key finding was the identification of burnout experienced by almost a third of the study sample. This suggests that a new area of study is warranted to further investigate the factors contributing to burnout in the student population.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Allied Health Professions
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2018.08.003
Depositing User: Melanie Clarkson
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 14:56
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 12:45
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22577

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