Special Issue "The Mental Health and Well-Being of Oncology Providers"
A special issue of Current Oncology (ISSN 1718-7729).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 3656
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of acknowledging and addressing the mental health and well-being of healthcare professionals. Over the past 18 months, we have seen healthcare providers in Emergency Rooms and in Covid-19 wards burnout and experience severe emotional distress and trauma as a result of caring for sick and dying patients.
Within the oncology field, which often requires the long-term care of severely ill patients, many of whom will die in our care, the topic of burnout has received a great deal of attention. However, less documented are other aspects of the mental health distress and emotional well-being of providers as a result of this difficult work.
The aim of this Special Issue will be to focus on the topics that directly affect the well-being of oncology healthcare providers worldwide. This can include articles on resilience, sources of distress, grief and loss, coping strategies, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction, second victim syndrome, vicarious traumatization, intervention strategies to reduce distress and/or increase well-being, and educational approaches to increase the well-being of trainees among many others. We are also interested in articles that look at issues of gender and racial dynamics among clinical staff, patients, and families, the “audit culture”, and the privatization of healthcare as it relates to the morale and well-being of providers.
The scope is wide and may include healthcare professionals working in any area of adult or pediatric oncology including but not limited to physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, and palliative care providers.
In this Special Issue, original research articles using all types of methodologies, commentaries, personal essays, and reviews are all welcome.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Leeat Granek
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- well-being of healthcare professionals
- grief and loss
- qualitative methods
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Reflections of moral distress, resilience, and wisdom of pediatric oncology social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Barbara Jones; Nancy Cincotta; Wendy Pelletier; Abigail Fry; Lori Wiener
Affiliation: 1 University of Texas, School of Social Work, Austin, TX, USA; 2 Private Practice, New York, NY, USA; 3 Hematology, Oncology, Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB, Canada; 4 National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, NIH
Abstract: From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of pediatric oncology social workers have been altered. Professional challenges include difficulty building rapport with the use of telephone/computer replacing face-to-face connections, lack of clarity around who is designated as "essential", and the witnessing of inadequately addressed distress and isolation, especially at the end-of-life. This study aimed to describe the ways that the pandemic has personally impacted pediatric oncology social workers. Participants were recruited through the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) listserv. 101 participants from 31 states and the District of Columbia completed an online survey containing quantitative and qualitative questions capturing sociodemographic variables, work and personal and professional experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualitative data analysis included thematic analysis of participants’ optional open-ended survey responses for three questions. Analysis from the approximately 57% of the participants who provided open-ended survey responses revealed 3 first level codes and 20 second level codes. First level codes were developed a priori from the questions: Experiences that Stay with you, Wisdom Gained and Impact on Work. Pandemic-related challenges caused moral distress, unique insights and created opportunities for pediatric oncology social workers to recognize their own strengths and find continued meaning in their work. These insights have helped to facilitate unrecognized resilience, new ways of maintaining self-and family care, work-life balance, and creative alternatives to the care provided to children with cancer and their family members at diagnosis, during treatments and at the end of life