Being closely connected to health care providers experiencing burnout: putting one's life on hold to help.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Family Nursing, ISSN 1074-8407, Vol. 16, no 1, 101-123 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Being closely connected to a person experiencing illness may be a trying experience.This study aimed to illuminate meanings of being closely connected to health care providers experiencing burnout. Ten interviews were conducted with five people closely connected (i.e., family members or supportive friends) to health care providers recovering from burnout. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim, and the resulting text was interpreted using a phenomenological-hermeneutic method. One consequence of being closely connected to health care providers experiencing burnout is putting one's life on hold to help. In facing an almost unmanageable burden, those closely connected revealed their own suffering, emphasizing their need for support. Health care professionals need to be aware that those who are closely connected to a person experiencing burnout may lack knowledge about burnout and its related challenges. It is to be hoped such knowledge would allow significant others to better support the person experiencing burnout and promote their own health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 16, no 1, 101-123 p.
burnout, exhaustion syndrome, health care providers, nurses, Sweden, family members, supportive relationships, qualitative research, phenomenologicalhermeneutics
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32255DOI: 10.1177/1074840709359915ISI: 000274410600006PubMedID: 20145287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-32255DiVA: diva2:302245