Table 1

Characteristics of the sample

CharacteristicSurvey respondents N (%)Interview participants
Satisfied group*Fatigued group†
Gender
 Male436 (65.8)24
 Female225 (33.9)42
Missing data2 (0.3)00
Age
 21–29000
 30–39216 (32.6)20
 40–49303 (45.7)43
 50–59124 (18.7)03
 60+18 (2.7)00
 Missing data2 (0.3)00
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting574 (86.6)65
 Widowed2 (0.3)00
 Divorced/separated27 (4.1)00
 Single58 (8.8)01
 Missing data2 (0.3)00
Number of children aged <18 years in household
 None216 (32.6)01
 At least 1445 (67.1)65
 Missing data2 (0.3)00
Workplace
 Minor injuries/ambulatory1 (0.2)00
 Emergency dept524 (79.0)66
 Designated major trauma centre132 (19.9)00
 Missing data6 (0.9)00
Years as consultant
 Mean (SD/range)7.9 (SD 6.6)8 (2–16)10.5 (2–16)
Years in current post
 Mean (SD/range)6.6 (SD 6.0)7.2 (2–16)8.3 (2–16)
 Full time (at least 10 sessions)578 (87.2)44
 Part-time79 (11.9)22
 Missing data6 (0.9)00
  • *High score in compassion satisfaction and low scores in both elements of compassion fatigue.

  • †Low score in compassion satisfaction and high score in either element of compassion fatigue (burnout or secondary traumatic stress).