Promoting resilience and posttraumatic growth in medical professionals

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. (2013) Promoting resilience and posttraumatic growth in medical professionals. In Figley, Charles, Huggard, Peter, & Rees, Charlotte (Eds.) First Do No Self Harm : Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 265-280.

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Across the lifespan traumatic experiences are common with more people experiencing such events than not. Within the context of being a medical professional trauma may result from a direct experience (e.g., in a person’s personal life) but may also occur vicariously. For example, a medical professional may be traumatized during the course of their employ as they come to the aid of a trauma survivor. Although there can be long term negative sequale for trauma survivors (e.g., PTSD, depression), the majority of people who experience trauma, vicariously or otherwise, are resilient to long term effects and some people grow or develop beyond their pre-event level of functioning. Therefore, in addition to interest in antecedents and correlates of pathology, research examining the predictors and correlates of resilience and growth has gained notable attention. In this chapter the fundamental assumptions of the salutogenic theory are discussed. Salutogenisis refers to the study of the origins of health and to that end has a goal to determine factors involved in promoting and maintaining health. The chapter then goes on to describe posttraumatic growth, a term used to denote positive post-trauma changes as well as resilience including discussion of the similarities and differences between these two constructs. Ways of promoting growth and resilience in medical professionals are then identified. The chapter concludes with discussion of ways in which individuals can enhance their potential for growth and also of ways in which the organization they work for can best facilitate and promote resilience and growth in its employees.

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ID Code: 69788
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: posttraumatic growth, resilience, physician, doctor, stress, CEDM
ISBN: 9780195383263
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2014 00:43
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 22:03

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