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A qualitative exploration of a mindful resiliency program for community healthcare providers

journal contribution
posted on 18.10.2021, 23:42 by Karen KlocknerKaren Klockner, Christopher CrawfordChristopher Crawford, Mark Craigie, Lily Tsai, Desley Hegney
Despite the important contribution of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to the community healthcare sector, the building and maintenance of occupational resilience in community health workers has received little attention. However, it is recognized that employees in this sector are exposed to significant stressors from the high demand work environment which negatively impacts on their well-being. Therefore, this research examined the acceptability, feasibility, and sustainability of a mindful resiliency program by employing a qualitative analysis of participant subjective experience of the program in this cohort. This was the first study to be conducted with senior managers and frontline healthcare providers in the nongovernmental organizations community sector. A 1-month post-delivery qualitative review of the program identified four major themes: applicability, changes to participant's skills, social support, and coping with COVID-19. A major finding was the ability of the participants to immediately recognize their stress levels and then manage them. Additionally, lessons from the program were shown to be usefully applied with colleagues and clients within the work environment, and with family members.

History

Volume

23

Issue

3

Start Page

620

End Page

627

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1442-2018

ISSN

1441-0745

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

15/03/2021

External Author Affiliations

Private Consultant, WA; Charles Darwin University; University of Adelaide

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Nursing and Health Sciences