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Relationship between proactive coping and compassion fatigue in palliative care nurses working in oncology

Fletcher, Chloe


Chloe Fletcher



This thesis portfolio comprises three parts:
Part One: Systematic Literature Review
Part one is a literature review which explores the literature surrounding the experience of self-compassion and emotional expression in individuals who have been diagnosed with and completed primary treatment for breast cancer. The results suggest that both self-compassion and emotional expression play important roles in reducing psychological distress and improving quality of life for those treated for breast cancer.
Part Two: Empirical Paper
Part two is an empirical paper which investigated the relationship between proactive coping compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in palliative care nurses who work with cancer patients. The investigation utilized a quantitative methodology using an online survey. The following information was collected: job role, length of time in role, impact of COVID on role, current experience of personal stressors, work setting, number of contracted hours, overtime hours and incentives for overtime, professional quality of life and proactive coping. General linear regression models were completed and demonstrated that proactive coping and personal stressors were significantly correlated with compassion fatigue, but only proactive coping was significantly correlated with compassion satisfaction. Proactive coping significantly contributed to the prediction of both compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction.
Part Three comprises the Appendices


Fletcher, C. (2023). Relationship between proactive coping and compassion fatigue in palliative care nurses working in oncology. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2023
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
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Additional Information School of Psychology and Social Work
University of Hull
Award Date Sep 27, 2023


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© 2023 Chloe Fletcher. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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