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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-82

Compassion fatigue and satisfaction among turkish emergency medicine residents using the professional quality of life scale

1 Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Kocaeli University, İzmit, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Rebecca Jeanmonod
Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum St, Bethlehem 18015, Pennsylvania
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jets.jets_62_21

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Introduction: Emergency medicine (EM) residents are at high risk for burnout syndrome. The professional quality of life scale (ProQOL) is a validated survey that measures compassion satisfaction (CS) and compassion fatigue, which is comprised of burnout and secondary traumatic stress (STS) scales. This study sought to evaluate CS and fatigue among Turkish EM residents using the ProQOL survey. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of Turkish EM residents who are part of the EM Residency Association of Turkey. The ProQOL survey version 5 was E-mailed in Turkish to all 150 EM residents. Participants were currently employed as EM residents. Demographics and satisfaction with quality of life were also collected. Results: Eighty residents completed the survey. Almost half of the respondents were either very dissatisfied or dissatisfied with their overall quality of life. Turkish EM residents not only had moderate levels of CS (scoring 33.9 ± 7.9), but also suffered moderate burnout (27.0 ± 5.9) and STS (24.7 ± 5.3). Conclusions: Turkish EM residents have moderate levels of CS and moderate levels of burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

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