Due to the nature of their work, health care professionals frequently experience long hours, stress, burnout and compassion fatigue. If left unaddressed, these issues can lead to increased risks of mental and physical health problems.
One of the most effective ways of reducing stress-related issues is through practising self-care.
In this scientific statement, specifically designed with health care professionals in mind, the American Heart Association put forward their argument for the importance of self-care.
The article, which takes a particular focus on the potential risks of cardiovascular disease, includes information regarding:
- working definitions of self-care
- factors that influence self-care
- technology to support self-care maintenance, monitoring and management