Can art therapy reduce death anxiety and burnout in end-of-life care workers? a quasi-experimental study

Title

Can art therapy reduce death anxiety and burnout in end-of-life care workers? a quasi-experimental study

Creator

Potash J; Hy Ho A; Chan F; Lu Wang Xiao; Cheng C

Publisher

International Journal Of Palliative Nursing

Date

2014

Subject

adolescent; Female; Humans; Male; Young Adult; Terminal Care; Adult; Questionnaires; Middle Aged; Health Personnel; Self Efficacy; Anxiety; Art Therapy; Burnout; Professional

Description

BACKGROUND: The need for empathy and the difficulties of coping with mortality when caring for the dying and the bereaved can cause psychological, emotional, and spiritual strain. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of art-therapy-based supervision in reducing burnout and death anxiety among end-of-life care workers in Hong Kong. METHODS: Through a quasi-experimental design, 69 participants enrolled in a 6-week, 18-hour art-therapy-based supervision group, and another 63 enrolled in a 3-day, 18-hour standard skills-based supervision group (n=132). Pre- and post-intervention assessments were carried out with three outcome measures: the Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, and the Death Attitude Profile-Revised. The data was analysed using paired sample t-tests. RESULTS: Significant reductions in exhaustion and death anxiety and significant increases in emotional awareness were observed for participants in the art-therapy-based supervision group. CONCLUSION: This study provides preliminary evidence that art-therapy-based supervision for end-of-life care workers can reduce burnout by enhancing emotional awareness and regulation, fostering meaning-making, and promoting reflection on death.
2014-05

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

233-240

Issue

5

Volume

20

Citation

Potash J; Hy Ho A; Chan F; Lu Wang Xiao; Cheng C, “Can art therapy reduce death anxiety and burnout in end-of-life care workers? a quasi-experimental study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14904.

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