Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 511–527

Teaching Health-Care Providers Coping: Results of a Two-Year Study


  • M. Michelle Rowe

DOI: 10.1023/A:1018661508593

Cite this article as:
Rowe, M.M. J Behav Med (1999) 22: 511. doi:10.1023/A:1018661508593


This study examined coping strategies and occupational burnout in a sample of 118 health-care providers. Subjects who participated in a 6-week program designed to improve coping reported significant short-term decreases in emotional exhaustion and lack of personal accomplishment, two dimensions of burnout. Subjects who received 1-hr coping “refresher” sessions at 5, 11, and 17 months showed consistent decreases in burnout throughout the 2-year period. However, those who did not receive the refresher sessions following the 6-week course showed only temporary improvement. Results indicate that health-care providers can be taught to employ adaptive coping strategies that improve levels of burnout, but long-term changes are achieved only through long-term coping training.


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