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Enhancing Meaning at Work and Preventing Burnout: The Meaning-Centered Intervention for Palliative Care Clinicians 

Enhancing Meaning at Work and Preventing Burnout: The Meaning-Centered Intervention for Palliative Care Clinicians
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Enhancing Meaning at Work and Preventing Burnout: The Meaning-Centered Intervention for Palliative Care Clinicians
Author(s):

Lise Fillion

, Mélanie Vachon

, and Pierre Gagnon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199837229.003.0014
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date: 14 April 2021

Working in palliative care (PC) can be challenging, distressing, and rewarding. This chapter discusses and presents some suggestions to deal with particular challenges in introducing the meaning-centered intervention (MCI) for PC clinicians. Its format and content are founded on the meaning-centered psychotherapy developed for cancer patients. Frankl’s existential therapeutic approach, called logotherapy, serves as the underlying theoretical framework. The chapter describes the intervention, the purpose of which is to create strategies for enhancing meaning at work and for preventing burnout. The chapter provides an understanding of workplace stress, stressors specific to PC, psychosocial risk factors that may lead to burnout, and key ingredients retained for intervention. Elaboration and content of the MCI-PC are described. Quantitative and qualitative studies conducted with PC nurses are presented. Results support the assumption that the MCI-PC can enhance meaning at work by increasing perceived benefits and by linking coherently values and intention, choices and actions.

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