For a study, researchers sought to examine mindful self-care, self-compassion, and resilience as reported by palliative care clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was a cross-sectional descriptive survey. An electronic questionnaire was used to collect data from validated instruments assessing each research variable, as well as participant demographics and perceptions of COVID-19’s influence on the professional quality of life.
Mindful self-care, self-compassion, and resilience were found to have statistically significant positive associations. These characteristics were also linked to higher levels of professional satisfaction and felt diminished impairment in physical and/or mental health as a result of a decrease in self-care tasks as a result of changed routines during COVID-19. Those with stronger resilience had worked in palliative care for longer and also reported higher levels of self-compassion and mindful self-care, which explained 50% of the variation. Self-compassion, professional life happiness, and changes in self-care routine owing to increasing professional activities explained 44.3% of the variation in mindful self-care. Self-compassion, female gender, and acting as a frontline responder to the COVID-19 pandemic all contributed to a 35% variation in resilience levels.
The study’s findings broadened the understanding of self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion as protective characteristics connected to resilience in palliative care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more longitudinal research on the causal impacts on health and well-being across time is required.