Last updated: 1/2022
Job-related stress is well-documented in healthcare professionals, which can lead to deleterious effects on the healthcare field, including patient outcomes. In the absence of systematic organizational changes, healthcare professionals must rely on personal resilience to maintain psychological well-being. The following research proposal is for a training protocol designed to facilitate development of psychological resilience. Employees at a hospice and palliative care agency will be offered an 8-week training curriculum informed by prior training programs that have been developed using the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. To measure resilience changes over time, two measures will be administered at the outset of training, upon completion, and on 8-week follow-up: The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale and the Coping Flexibility Questionnaire. Scores will be compared to those of a waitlisted group. It is hypothesized there will be changes in scores on both measures. In particular, there will be increases in resilience and coping flexibility from pretest to posttest for both the treatment and waitlisted group. It is further hypothesized that follow-up resilience and coping flexibility scores will decrease compared to completion of the training paradigm but not back to original pretest levels for both treatment and waitlisted groups. Results of this study may be used to inform future directions in developing training for enhancing and maintaining resilience in high-stress professional fields such as healthcare.
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