Turkish Thoracic Journal
Original Article

Compassion Fatigue in Chest Disease Clinicians: The Effect of Psychological Capital and the Relationship between Colleagues


Ministry of Health, Yedikule Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2021; 22: 205-211
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2021.20160
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OBJECTIVE: Compassion fatigue is representative of the cost of caring and is reported to have significant negative effects. Compassion
fatigue needs to be better understood in order to define, prevent, and intervene. The aim of this study is to determine the level of compassion
fatigue and possible predictors (demographics, vocational features, satisfaction, and psychological capital) in physicians and nurses working in chest diseases and thoracic surgery hospital.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted with 205 clinicians (83 physicians, 122 nurses) working face-toface with in-patients. Data were collected with a semi-structured interview, the Professional Quality of Life Scale, and the Psychological
Capital Scale.

RESULTS: The average age of the participants was 31.96 ± 8.60 years, most of them (67.3%) were women. The average compassion fatigue score was 20.15 ± 8.58 for the physicians and 17.16 ± 9.49 for the nurses, and the difference was found to be statistically significant (P = .01). However, in the regression analysis, it was determined that the profession did not have a significant effect, and that dissatisfaction with the colleagues increased the compassion fatigue 2.5-fold (P = .03). It was found that low resilience, one of the subscales of the Psychological Capital Scale, increased compassion fatigue 2.14-fold (P = .007). Other professional variables and demographic characteristics were not significantly related to compassion fatigue (P > .05).

CONCLUSION: The results of this study show the importance of the relationship and resilience among colleagues in the prevention of compassion fatigue. It also points out that physicians are at risk of developing compassion fatigue.

Cite this article as: Salur H, Yıldırım N. Compassion fatigue in chest disease clinicians: The effect of psychological capital and the relationship between colleagues. Turk Thorac J. 2021; 22(3): 205-211.

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