Whilst the prevalence of compassion fatigue among people who care for others across the research is mixed, it is compelling enough to warrant attention to the vital need for building awareness of compassion fatigue among people who care for others globally and to provide easy to apply resources to integrate the mind, brain and body after exposure to trauma.
The indicative lifetime prevalence of compassion fatigue among people who care for others is considered twice that of the general population’s prevalence for PTSD. This was derived by considering the lifetime prevalence of PTSD found in the general population (of 7.8%), with the prevalence of compassion fatigue found in a study of 3,600 social workers that found 15.2% of social workers meet the criteria for PTSD.
A study of Emergency Nurses found 86% of the nurses had moderate to high levels of compassion fatigue.
A study of nurses found 15% of the nurses in the study had ProQOL scores related to compassion fatigue, and found the scores for compassion fatigue were higher in nurses working 12 hour shifts compared to the nurses working 8 hour shifts.
A study of 363 Colorado Child Protection workers participating in a seminar found that 50% had high to very high levels of compassion fatigue. It was further found that those with high compassion satisfaction had lower levels of compassion fatigue and lower levels of burnout.
A study of the Wives of Veterans treated for PTSD in Croatia found one third of the wives met the criteria for secondary trauma, also known as compassion fatigue.
A study of the 178 Hospital and Home Care Nurses surveyed found 15% of the carer ProQOL scores indicating compassion fatigue.