Health professionals’ quality of life in relation to end of life care

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Palliative care professionals are frequently exposed to stressful and demanding situations in the assistance of patients and their families, therefore research related to their quality of life is a relevant topic to provide evidence on interventions oriented to professional self-care.

Recent findings

Research about professionals’ quality of life is having a profuse development with core concepts being under review.

Summary

Currently, burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue are considered relevant determinants of professionals’ quality of life. Self-awareness-based interventions could bring positive influence on the context of a multidimensional approach to professionals’ self-care. Self-care topics should be considered to be included in professional training programmes.

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