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Compassion Fatigue


Overview & Objectives

Healthcare providers, volunteers, and other helpers who work in areas associated with more intense pain, suffering and trauma are at risk for compassion fatigue. Hospice is one area in which hospice aides and other members of the interdisciplinary team are at higher risk for developing compassion fatigue. This inservice differentiates compassion fatigue from burnout, and includes symptoms, assessment, and interventions with recommendations for hospice aides, other caregivers, and managers/supervisors. It includes a section on self-care relevant to work and home life for preventing or managing compassion fatigue. The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Define the differences between compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Describe symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • Review the components of a compassion fatigue assessment
  • Discuss interventions for preventing or managing compassion fatigue
  • Apply self-care principles for prevention and management of compassion fatigue


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Burnout or Compassion Fatigue?
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance