The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL) is a method developed by Dr. B. Hudnall Stamm at the Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University, to analyze the degree of the three factors of compassion satisfaction, burnout, and compassion fatigue/secondary trauma in medical providers in compassion-based professions. It consists of a 30-question survey with answers scaled from 0 (never) to 5 (very often) that assess the degree to which providers experience the effects of such burnout, fatigue, and trauma in their professions. The most frequently surveyed providers are those for whom compassion was a major component in their career choice. This survey was given to 25 providers at a public community health center in Wenatchee, WA, which primarily provides services to medically underserved populations in Chelan and Douglas counties. Respondents included eight physicians, three certified physician assistants, four pharmacists, two nurse practitioners, and eight behavior health specialists. Fourteen of these providers work full time and 11 work part time varying from 0.10 FTE to 0.80 FTE. The survey was analyzed to determine associations along two axes, the particular position of a provider and the amount of time they worked per week; and their personal experience in the three areas of burnout, satisfaction, and fatigue/secondary trauma as determined by the survey. In this particular sample of providers, it was determined that neither of these two axes had a statistically significant impact on burnout, satisfaction, fatigue, and secondary trauma.
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