Compassion fatigue

  • Compassion fatigue a real problem facing many GPs
  • Junior doctors particularly at risk - not afforded resources and support they need
  • Online resources and some courses now offered

WHEN she’s not caught up in her work as a GP, Newcastle Dr Belinda Guest pursues her other passions. These include Oztag, mountain bike riding and spending time with family and friends.

What concerns Dr Guest, former GPRA chair, is that many registrars aren’t doing the same and, as a result, are at risk of compassion fatigue.

“I don’t think compassion fatigue is a term people have in their dialogue,” she says.

DEFINING THE PROBLEM

The US-based trauma expert Dr Charles Figley describes compassion fatigue as “a state experienced by those helping people in distress; [an] extreme state of

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