Family caregivers' compassion fatigue in long-term facilities.

Beth Perry, Janice E. Dalton, Margaret Edwards

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AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the presence of compassion fatigue in family carers who assist staff with care of older relatives in long-term settings. METHOD: Narrative data were collected through observation and conversations with five purposively selected family carers. FINDINGS: Thematic and poetic analysis suggest that family carers exhibit symptoms associated in the literature with compassion fatigue in nurses and other healthcare professionals. Two major themes emerged: role engulfment and enveloping sadness. CONCLUSION: Nurses working in long-term care settings should educate family carers about compassion fatigue, recognise its presence in them and provide support to family carers experiencing the condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalNursing older people
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


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