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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 249-253

Impact of accelerated recovery program on compassion fatigue among nurses in South India

1 Department of Mental Health Nursing Narayana College of Nursing, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore, Andhrapradesh, India
2 Department of Medical Surgical, Faculty of Nursing, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (DU), Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Consultant Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Enathur, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Statistics, Narayana College of Engineering, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore, Andhrapradesh, India
5 Former Principal, Sree Narayana Nursing College, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore, Andhrapradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hemanathan Rajeswari
Narayana College of Nursing, Narayana Medical College Campus, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore - 524 003, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_218_19

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Background: Nurses suffer from Compassion Fatigue (CF) when exposed to chronic stress while caring for patients. Depression and anxiety disorders can develop following CF and intervention at the earliest is essential. The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) on CF among nurses. Materials and Methods: The present experimental study was carried out with a pretest posttest design and control group among 120 nurses working in Narayana Medical College Hospital, India. The nurses selected through simple random sampling were divided into two groups: intervention and control (every 60 nurses). Data were collected using the Professional Quality of Life Scale: Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Version 5 (ProQOL) (Stamm, 2010) which consists of the three subscales of Compassion Satisfaction (CS), Burnout (BO), and Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). The pretest was conducted at day 1, and posttests I, II, III, IV, and V were conducted at 5th week, 3rd month, 6th month, 9th month, and 12th month, respectively using ProQOL. ARP and routine care were implemented for 5 weeks in the intervention group, and routine activities were implemented in the control group. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: There was a statistically significant difference in the ProQOL score between the intervention and control groups, which demonstrated a significant difference between the groups in terms of CS (F1,118 =120.10,p < 0.001), BO (F1,118 =123.,p < 0.001), and STS (F1,118 =205.18,p < 0.001). Conclusion: In conclusion, ARP has a significant impact on ProQOL, resulting in an improvement in CS, and a decrease in BO and STS.

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