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Title: Mitigating emotional responses to stressors: coping strategies, modifiers and support.
Austin Authors: Dennis, D;van Heerden, P V;Knott, Cameron I ;Khanna, Rahul 
Affiliation: Intensive Care
Intensive Care Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Phoenix Australia, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia & Division of Mental Health, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Intensive Care, Bendigo Health, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Monash Rural Health Bendigo, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Rural Clinical School, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Hadassah Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Issue Date: 27-Nov-2021
Date: 2021-11-27
Publication information: Australasian Psychiatry 2021; 10398562211047211
Abstract: The stressful nature of the intensive care unit (ICU) environment is increasingly well characterised. The aim of this paper was to explore modifiers, coping strategies and support pathways identified by experienced Intensivists, in response to these stressors. Prospective qualitative study employing interviews with Intensivists in two countries. Participants were asked how they mitigated their emotional responses to the stressors of the ICU. Audio-recordings were transcribed and analysed by all researchers who agreed upon emerging themes and subthemes. A wide range of strategies were reported. Although several participants had sought professional help and all supported its utility, few disclosed accessing such help to others indicating stigma. Many felt a sense of responsibility for the well-being of other staff but identified barriers that suggest alternate support pathways are required. Further implications of these findings to training considerations are described. Several approaches were described as regularly employed by Intensivists to mitigate ICU environmental stressors. Intensivists perceive themselves to have limited training to provide support to others; they also perceive stigma in seeking professional help.
DOI: 10.1177/10398562211047211
ORCID: 0000-0002-4225-9120
Journal: Australasian Psychiatry
PubMed URL: 34839741
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Intensivist
intensive care unit
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