Those involved with hospice and palliative care, including nurses, will inevitably experience or be exposed to suffering. Self-compassion represents a personal resource and support for self-care, ensuring that needs are not neglected particularly during times of suffering. However, the empirical evidence for self-compassion in hospice and palliative care is yet to be reviewed systematically. To synthesize the evidence on self-compassion in hospice and palliative care patients, their relatives, and health care professionals, we conducted a systematic integrative review using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses statement. For patients, self-compassion was associated with reduced stress, anxiety, shame, depressive symptoms, fear of cancer recurrence, and loneliness. It was also associated with increased social capital, self-soothing, mindfulness, compassion, causal reasoning ability, psychosocial and spiritual well-being, legacy, courage, and commitment. For health care professionals, self-compassion was associated with increased capacity for self-care, mindfulness, and professional quality of life and a decrease in perceived burnout risk and secondary traumatic stress. No studies were found to involve patients' relatives. Self-compassion seems to be an important resource in hospice and palliative care. It supports self-care and alleviates suffering by improving the social, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being of patients and health care professionals, including hospice and palliative care nurses. Future research should include care patients' relatives.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of hospice and palliative nursing : JHPN : the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2021|