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Self-Care as Best Practice in Palliative Care 

Self-Care as Best Practice in Palliative Care
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Self-Care as Best Practice in Palliative Care
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Elizabeth J. Clark

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0083
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date: 26 October 2020

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

For all palliative care professionals, self-care is critical to professional quality of life.

Those working in palliative care are at high risk for compassion fatigue and professional grief.

Witnessing suffering can lead to vicarious trauma.

Losing hope as a professional caregiver is a symptom of burnout.

Professional self-care requires a variety of positive self-care strategies at both the personal and organizational levels.

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