Moderating the work distress experience among inpatient hospice staff: A qualitative study

Morgan McKenna, Martin Dempster*, Agnieszka Jaroslawska, John Shayegh, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Alan McPherson, Clare White

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Palliative and hospice care health professionals may be at risk of poorer psychological outcomes. It is unclear what specific stressors are experienced by staff and what impact they have on their psychological wellbeing. Aims: To identify stressors experienced when working in an adult hospice inpatient unit environment and how these are managed. Methods: Individual interviews were conducted with healthcare professionals working in a hospice adult inpatient unit. Findings: A total of 19 staff were interviewed. Six themes were constructed, with four related to stressors experienced: unrealistic workload, patient care, managing relationships, and work culture. Two themes concerned strategies for managing stressors were identified: peer support and time out. Conclusion: Changes within hospice care provision are placing demands on staff and reducing the amount of available resources. This may be alleviated by a move towards more compassionate workplaces. There is a need for further research to identify how distress can best be managed and how hospice organisations can best support healthcare staff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-288
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2022


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