Self-compassion Education for Health Professionals (Nurses and Midwives): Protocol for a Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Study

Mary Steen, Shwikar Mahmoud Etman Othman, Annette Briley, Rachael Vernon, Steven Hutchinson, Susan Dyer

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Background: A few recent studies have reported that having the ability to provide self-compassion can reduce health professionals' levels of anxiety and stress, the risk of compassion fatigue, and burnout, and it can generally improve their well-being. Therefore, there is evidence to support further research into the investigation and exploration of self-compassion education and training for health professionals.

Objective: This study aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of self-compassion and how this may enhance the health and well-being of health professionals.

Methods: The proposed research study will adopt a sequential explanatory mixed methods design. This study will be conducted in 3 phases. Phase 1 will use a pre-educational self-compassion questionnaire (web-based survey) to collect data from participants at 3 time points (before, immediately after, and after follow-up at 6-8 weeks) after they have attended a self-compassion education and training program. Phase 2 will use an interview schedule to explore the participants' views and experiences through a follow-up focus group or individual interview. Finally, phase 3 will include data integration and dissemination of key findings and recommendations.

Results: This study was approved by the Women's and Children's Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee and the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of South Australia on June 26, 2021 (ID: 204,074). A scoping review was conducted to inform this research study (focusing on nurses and midwives). The preparatory phase was completed in April 2021. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by June 2022 and phase 2 will commence in July 2022.

Conclusions: The key findings from the data integration for this research project will provide in-depth details and insights to broaden the discussion about self-compassion and its influence on health professionals' health and well-being. Health professionals (nurses and midwives) may benefit from self-compassion education and training programs to improve their health and well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere34372
Number of pages10
JournalJMIR Research Protocols
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022


  • health professionals
  • midwives
  • mixed methods research
  • nurses
  • self-compassion
  • study protocol


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