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(Sibiu) Resilience to stress and emotional intelligence at the medical staff from the mental health services
Romania (FASMR) - "Lucian Blaga" University - Faculty of Medicine, Sibiu
Dr. Lavinia Duica
Dr. Lavinia Duica, Dr. Vlad Dragulescu, Dr. Monica Sipos, Dr. Andreea Polianschi
Type of Research Project
- Global Action Project (GAP)
What is the background of the project?
Psychiatry health services staff work in a stressful environment, which can negatively impact their mental health and well being and as a result it can affect psycho social and professional functioning. The implementation of resilience training aims to provide staff with basic psychological skills to improve mental health outcomes. At the same time, the economic and political situation of Romania’s past 30 years have created an environment where many doctors chose to emigrate after finishing their residency, and as a result, many hospital are under staff, so existing doctors need to work additionally in order to compensate for this deficit. Medical staff in psychiatry has currently the same issues as other professionals and this factor combined with an underling stressful work environment can potentially put many health care professionals in burn-out situations.
What is the aim of the project?
The students will learn how to perform an anamnesis within the psychiatry department. They will be directly engaged in conversations with medical staff from the psychiatry department, which will provide them with an insight of both professional and emotional aspects of their work. They will be learning about stress resilience and emotional intelligence, which will be beneficial for their own future career.
What techniques and methods are used?
What techniques and methods are used in the research part of the project? (Please, provide detailed explanation; mention the steps and stages – minimum 10 lines) The research part will consist of: - the students will engage in an ongoing exchange of information, ideas and approaches with the tutors - the students will gather all the information they obtained during the field work according to the scales provided by the attending doctor - after getting the results from the scales mentioned in the field work they will be connecting the results creating tables and graphs - the students will have sessions meant for them to share all the data obtained - there will be a session meant for the students and the tutor to discuss ideas for the scientific report - each student will get a certain part of the report he/she needs to compose - the students will work individually for their own part - there will be a session meant for each student to present their part - the scientific report will be created by merging all the parts written by the students - the students and the tutor will present the scientific report to the medical staff in the hospital in order to improve the medical activity
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- If the project is clinical
- the student will take active part in the clinical examination
- If the project is clinical
- the student will be allowed to work with patients
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will learn important skills for assessing and understanding stress resilience of the psychiatric medical staff in one of the biggest psychiatric hospitals of the Transylvanian region of Romania, through the use of different emotional intelligence scales (presented in the fieldwork section), co-relating the results of these examinations, and interpreting them to finally be able to provide a proper therapy speech together with a psychiatrist about building optimism, positive emotions and resilience by bringing ongoing attention to gratitude as a cognitive process. All these steps will be done by the student, but he or she will be assisted all the time by the tutors involved in this GAP exchange.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Courses 2 days for a 4-week GAP Exchange (an average of 20 working days / month)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report - The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The students are expected to have passed medical psychology. In order to prepare for the GAP exchange, the students should do a minimum research about: - Connor Davidson stress resilience scale - Mayer Salovey Caruso emotional intelligence test
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- van Agteren J; Iasiello M; Lo L. Improving the wellbeing and resilience of health services staff via psychological skills training. BMC Res Notes. 2018;22;11(1):924.
- IsHak W; Nikravesh R; Lederer S; Perry R; Ogunyemi D; Bernstein C. Burnout in medical students: a systematic review. Clin Teach. 2013;10(4):242–245.
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