The role of art therapy in addressing compassion fatigue experienced by pediatric oncology physicians Priscilla Francisca Tham

Tham, Priscilla Francisca (2013) The role of art therapy in addressing compassion fatigue experienced by pediatric oncology physicians Priscilla Francisca Tham. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The role of art therapy in addressing compassion fatigue experienced by pediatric oncology physicians Priscilla Francisca Tham
Synopsis:

Compassion fatigue is prevalent among pediatric oncologists as a result of the emotional demands of the work environment (Mukherjee, Beresford, Glaser & Sloper, 2009). This can bring about feelings of hopelessness, incompetence and grief. Many physicians cope by disengagement and distancing to reduce empathy (Huggard, 2003), however these coping strategies can adversely affect one’s mental health, physical and emotional wellbeing; leading to potentially serious consequences such as medical error and depression (Ishak et al., 2009). Current literature continues to attribute decreased productivity, high turnover, and greater number of sick days to the negative impact of compassion fatigue on medial professionals and the workplace (Najjar et al., 2009). Few interventions have been designed to effectively address this pervasive problem (Ishak et al., 2009). Art therapy is one option to explore these aspects and to alleviate compassion fatigue (Italia, Favara-Scacco, Di Cataldo & Russo, 2008). This research was aimed to examine the role of art therapy and its effectiveness in addressing compassion fatigue. This is a qualitative multiple case study wherein mixed methods approach will be utilised to examine multiple single case vignettes of pediatric oncology physicians in a local hospital. Qualitative data was derived from a semi-structured interview, artwork and therapist trainee’s records of observation. Quantitative data was derived from the Professional Quality Of Life Scale at pre and post intervention. Qualitative and quantitative results showed that art therapy alleviates compassion fatigue and promotes compassion satisfaction among pediatric oncology physicians through the expression and regulation of emotions and healthy narcissism.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 06:26
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 06:26
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/247

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