Experiences of nurses and other health workers participating in a reflective course on compassion-based care

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  • External authors:
  • Ian Wilson
  • Jodie McCarthy
  • Ian Hall
  • Brenda Crossley
  • Paula Adshead
  • Vanessa Shaw
  • Trish Dwyer


BACKGROUND: the risk of compassion fatigue in healthcare staff is real, especially when considering the current financial pressures. A course in compassion-based care (CBC) was delivered to mental health staff at a hospital in north-west England, with the intention of rehabilitating ward culture and, subsequently, improving patient experience.

AIMS: to explore staff experiences of participating in the CBC course.

METHODS: a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with participants (n=12) was conducted. All staff attending the course were eligible and were invited to participate. Interview transcripts were thematically analysed.

FINDINGS: five themes characterising participant experience emerged from the data: meeting a need; creating the space; reorientation; prioritising self-care; and influencing team dynamics. Data overwhelmingly indicated the success of the CBC course.

CONCLUSION: the CBC course appeared to have a profound effect on participants; it should be considered for further rollout and evaluation.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1025
Number of pages6
JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019

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