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Clinician Self-Care

  • S. Judith LongEmail author
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Abstract

Self-care is a core competency for all clinicians that strengthens professional and personal satisfaction, enhances connections with patients and clinical effectiveness, and protects against the risk of burnout. Burnout is a prevalent occupational hazard in health care that is defined by physical and emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a loss of feelings of efficacy. Burnout can have a significant impact on the health of clinicians, the care they provide, and even their ability to continue in their chosen profession. Clinicians can learn to recognize its early signs and develop strategies that protect against burnout and build resilience to assure a satisfying professional and personal life. Just as the palliative approach to patient care emphasizes supporting all aspects of personhood, our approach to self-care also encompasses care of the physical, emotional/social, mental, and spiritual parts of oneself. In this chapter we discuss a variety of strategies to promote self-care and build positive practices and habits.

Keywords

Burnout Compassion Self-compassion Connection Efficacy Purpose Resilience Self-care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spiritual Care Services University of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurology and the Division of Palliative MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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