Sustaining Caregiving and Psychological Well-Being While Caring for Disaster Victims   [open pdf - 86KB]

"The magnitude of death and destruction in disasters and the often difficult nature of the medical response require special attention to the needs of health care providers. Supporting caregivers and encouraging them to practice self-care sustains their ability to serve victims of disaster. […] While health care providers find the experience of assisting in a post-disaster environment gratifying, many also experience the intense emotions and thoughts of loss and concern as part of their work. Some common reactions include: [1] Physical and emotional exhaustion [2] Identification with the victims --'It could have been my child, my spouse…' [3] Feelings of grief, hopelessness, helplessness, sadness and self-doubt [4] Difficulty sleeping [5] Guilt over not being able to do more, or having resources back home that their patients do not Frustration and anger at the delivery system."

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