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Burnout, empathy and sense of coherence among district nurses before and after systematic clinical supervision.

  • M. B. Pålsson
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • A Norberg
  • H Björvell
Publishing year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 19-26
Publication/Series: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

The relationships between, on the one hand, burnout, empathy and sense of cohoerence (SOC) and, on the other, personality traits were investigated, together with the effects of systematic clinical supervision on these phenomena among Swedish district nurses. The results in the supervisory group (n = 21) were compared with those of a comparison group (n = 12) in a quasi-experimental design. Personality traits were assessed by means of the Karolinska Scales of Personality. The results indicated some correlations between personality traits and burnout, empathy, and SOC, as well as correlations between the latter three phenomena. There were no significant effects of clinical supervision on burnout, empathy, or SOC. More research is needed regarding the effects of clinical nursing supervision.


  • Nursing


  • ISSN: 1471-6712
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

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Health-promoting Complex Interventions