Labor and Delivery Clinician Perspectives on Impact of Traumatic Clinical Experiences and Need for Systemic Supports
UMass Chan AffiliationsEmergency Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
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AbstractObjectives: Few studies have elucidated the impact of work-related trauma on labor and delivery clinician or considered whether it may be a cause of burnout. This study aims to elicit labor and delivery clinician perspectives on the impact of exposure to traumatic births on their professional quality of life. Methods: Labor and delivery clinicians (physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, and nurses; n = 165) were recruited to complete an online questionnaire on experiences with traumatic births. The questionnaire contained measures from the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the professional quality of life scale version 5. Some participants completed an optional free-text prompt to recommend ways to support clinicians after traumatic births (n = 115). Others opted into a semi-structured phone interview (n = 8). Qualitative data was analyzed using a modified grounded theory approach. Results: Self-reported adequate institutional support for clinicians after a traumatic birth was positively correlated with compassion satisfaction (r = 0.21, p < 0.01) and negatively correlated with secondary traumatic stress (r = - 0.27, p < 0.01), and burnout (r = - 0.26, p < 0.01). Qualitative themes included lack of system-wide and leadership support, lack of access to mental health resources, and suboptimal workplace culture as contributors toward secondary traumatic stress and burnout. Participants recommended proactive leadership, consistent debriefing protocols, trauma education, and improved access to counseling. Conclusions for practice: Multi-level barriers prevented labor and delivery clinicians from accessing needed mental health support after exposure to traumatic births. Proactive investment in healthcare system supports for clinicians may improve clinician professional quality of life.
SourceXu L, Masters GA, Moore Simas TA, Bergman AL, Byatt N. Labor and Delivery Clinician Perspectives on Impact of Traumatic Clinical Experiences and Need for Systemic Supports. Matern Child Health J. 2023 Sep;27(9):1651-1662. doi: 10.1007/s10995-023-03708-2. Epub 2023 Jun 6. PMID: 37278845.
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