Work- and home-related stressors in radiation therapists and radiation oncology nurses: implications for provision of psychotherapy services to cancer-care health professionals

Sharpley, Christopher F., Poulsen, Anne A., Baumann, Kathryn C. and Poulsen, Michael G. (2015) Work- and home-related stressors in radiation therapists and radiation oncology nurses: implications for provision of psychotherapy services to cancer-care health professionals. Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 17 2: 21-30. doi:10.12740/APP/41762


Author Sharpley, Christopher F.
Poulsen, Anne A.
Baumann, Kathryn C.
Poulsen, Michael G.
Title Work- and home-related stressors in radiation therapists and radiation oncology nurses: implications for provision of psychotherapy services to cancer-care health professionals
Journal name Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2083-828X
1509-2046
Publication date 2015-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12740/APP/41762
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 21
End page 30
Total pages 10
Place of publication Krakow, Poland
Publisher Polish Society of Psychiatry
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims:  To identify and quantify the major sources of workplace and non-workplace stress, plus commonly used coping strategies among a group of cancer therapists.
Method:  Individual personal interviews were conducted with 16 radiation therapists (RTs) and 13 radiation oncology nurses (ONs) at two Brisbane hospitals.
Results:  Major workplace stressors were administration difficulties, patient issues, equipment and staffing issues. Major coping strategies included seeking help from mental health professionals, talking (with colleagues, supervisor, family), doing extra work, and doing nothing or withdrawing from work problems. Non-workplace stressors included family health and stress, relationship issues and financial problems. Coping strategies included taking time for self, exercise and acceptance.
Discussion:  Provision of psychotherapy services for cancer therapists requires accurate data regarding their major stressors and coping styles. The findings from this study help focus those services for maximum effectiveness.
Keyword Cancer
Nurses
Oncology
Radiation therapists
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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