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ProQOL - Professional Quality of Life

Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue

(ProQOL) Version 5 (2009)

When you help people you have direct contact with their lives. As you may have found, your compassion for those you help can affect you in positive and negative ways. Below are some questions about your experiences, both positive and negative, as a helper. Consider each of the following questions about you and your current work situation. Select the number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these things in the last 30 days.

Understanding the positive and negative aspects of your job can improve your ability to help others and to keep your own balance. You can find out more about the Professional Quality of Life questionnaire at proqol.org

I am happy
I am preoccupied with more than one person I help
I get satisfaction from being able to help people
I feel connected to others
I jump or am startled by unexpected sounds
I feel invigorated after working with those I help
I find it difficult to separate my personal life from my life as a doctor
I am not as productive at work because I am losing sleep over traumatic experiences of a person I help
I think that I might have been affected by the traumatic stress of those I help
I feel trapped by my job as a doctor
Because of my job, I have felt "on edge" about various things
I like my work
I feel depressed because of the traumatic experiences of the people I help
I feel as though I am experiencing the trauma of someone I have helped
I have beliefs that sustain me
I am pleased with how I am able to keep up with treatment techniques and protocols
I am the person I always wanted to be
My work makes me feel satisfied
I feel worn out because of my work as a doctor
I have happy thoughts and feelings about those I help and how I could help them
I feel overwhelmed because my case work load seems endless
I believe I can make a difference through my work
I avoid certain activities or situations because they remind me of frightening experiences of the people I help
I am proud of what I can do to help
As a result of my work, I have intrusive, frightening thoughts
I feel "bogged down" by the system
I have thoughts that I am a "success" as a doctor
I can't recall important parts of my work with trauma victims
I am a very caring person
I am happy that I chose to do this work