What Contributes to compassion Fatigue in Health Professionals Working in Drug and Alcohol Services
My name is Ellysia-Grace Thompson and I am conducting this research at Lancaster University, Lancaster, Uk
Recently research has focused on the importance of health workers’ wellbeing and how this can affect your work satisfaction and performance. Working with challenging populations can impact on your wellbeing and make it difficult to work compassionately with service users. Compassion fatigue is a descriptive term for the negative psychological impacts that can occur from helping others.
This study seeks to measure levels of compassion in staff working directly with people using drugs and/or alcohol. This study will also investigate what contributes to compassion fatigue. The results of this study will improve understanding of what causes compassion fatigue in drug and alcohol workers, and inform recommendations about how the service can reduce compassion fatigue and support health professionals to improve their wellbeing.
Why have I been approached?
You have been approached because the study requires information from people who have at least three months of experience working directly with people who are accessing drug and alcohol services for support. You can participate if you have a paid or unpaid/voluntary/honorary contract with the service you work for.
Do I have to take part?
No. It’s completely up to you to decide whether or not you take part.
What will I be asked to do if I take part?
As a participants, you will be asked to fill out an online e-survey. The e-survey will include questions about your professional experiences working for drug and alcohol services, how you cope with your work experiences, well-being and a test which measures your reactions to words about drug and alcohol use.
Participation in the study will require you to fill out an online e-survey taking a maximum of 30 minutes to fill out. The research team will remain in contact with you regarding timeframes for completing the e-survey. We hope that the online format will make this convenient for you. Paper copies can be made available if you require it. You will be debriefed once you have completed the study.
No, the e-survey will be anonymous. You will not be asked for your name or any identifiable information.
Data will be stored securely throughout the study under password protection. Your data will be maintained by the research team and kept for a maximum of ten years as standard.
Due to the online nature of the study, consent will also be obtained online. You will be presented with a consent page with a list of statements, continuing with the e-survey will be taken as your informed consent.
The results from this project will be written and submitted as part of my training as a clinical psychologists and will be examined by Lancaster University. Your results will be combined with other participants and you will not have access to your own results. We also hope that the results of the study will be published in a peer reviewed journal.
Although you may find participating interesting, there are no direct benefits in taking part.
This project has been approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee, and by the University Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.
If you would like to participate please contact the research team via email, Ellysia-Grace Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the team will be in touch with you.
If you have any questions or require further information you can contact me via email on email@example.com or my supervisor Dr Ian Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer any questions.
If you wish to raise a concern or make a complaint regarding this project and you do not want to report this to the research team, please contact:
Professor Bill Sellwood Program Director, Health Research Tel: +44 (0)1524 593998,
Email: email@example.com Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
If you wish to speak to someone outside of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program, you may also contact:
Professor Roger Pickup, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health and Medicine
(Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences) Tel: +44 (0)1524 593746
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
Resources in the event of distress
Should you feel distressed either as a result of taking part, or in the future, the following information may be helpful. Samaritans operate a 24 hour confidential telephone support service and can be contacted for free on Tel: 116 123 (UK). If you are outside the UK, you can contact Befrienders Worldwide, who offers free confidential advice. You can find information, resources and local helplines on their website at http://www.befrienders.org/. Confidential information and advice about drugs and alcohol is available from http://www.talktofrank.com/. If you feel that you need further support you should speak with your GP or local mental health team for information about supports in your local area.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information