Academic Personal Development

Emotion in Health Care: The Cost of Caring
Article Analysis, Summary, and Critique
The essay will attempt to relate the article to a future role of a professional practice within the
health care sector. The essay will break down the article into sections and summarize it briefly.
Statistics within the article will be discussed and explained. Defects of the article will be
addressed. The essay will further examine whether or not the article was of a biased point of
view. The essay will in conclusion use a reflective cycle such as Gibbs after which findings will
be summed up. Within the conclusion the essay will make recommendations as to why such
willful neglect act must be punishable and consider as a criminal offence.
The primary aim of the research study was to establish findings that would enhance knowledge
and understanding of the centrality of emotion. It also focuses on the importance of emotion and
how it affects the health of care givers involved in taking care of patients. It was carried out on
health care professions who were working in a pilot program that was involved in cancer
screening (Brunton, 2005, p. 340-354). Additionally, the research study studied how the
communication of such professionals was affected by the duties in taking care of cancer patients
because of the induced emotions resulting from their line of work.
The selection of the topic was excellent. That is because there are relatively few studies
that focus on the impacts of the duty of taking care of cancer patients. As this study establishes,
the professionals who give care to such patients undergo various emotional sufferings. Some of
these emotional impacts are caused by the knowledge that most of the patients have minimal
chances of survival, as well as understanding that cancer is a terminal illness that causes
suffering to the patient.
It is also critical to carry out more studies on the topic so as to establish both the positive
and negative emotional impacts of caring for a person with cancer on the caregiver. Some of the
emotional impacts on the caregivers include positive feelings such as companionship,
togetherness, resilience and increased awareness on cancer, as well as spiritual and personal
growth. These are some of the impacts on the professionals that need to be studied so as to
establish ways of assisting them to overcome any negative impacts that could arise from this
cause. However, such studies could be used promote care for cancer patients by asserting that it
is also a source of satisfaction that arises from helping others.
The choice of the research topic was also excellent because there is a need to study some
of the negative emotional impacts that result from taking care of people living with cancer. Most
professionals in the health care sector complain of strain, stress, and psychological illnesses such
as clinical depression that comes from dealing with individuals with cancer. However, these
impacts have been ignored, leaving workers in the sector to continue suffering. As such, this
research topic helped in bridging the gap that exists in the current research studies in the
literature review. Other emotional impacts on professionals include depression, distress, anxiety,
and exhaustion because of the duties that are involved in screening cancer patients, as well as
taking care of them.
Design, Methodology, and Approach
This research study was the third phase of a larger study that was in progress. As such, the study
employed the use of interviews that were semi-structured in nature. The sample size consisted of
19 individuals from various professional groups. They volunteered to respond to the interview
questions to the best of their knowledge without any expectations of been paid (Brunton, 2005, p.
340-354). Such members had been involved in the service of cancer screening for quite some
time. As such, they were familiar with the emotional impacts that the service has on professional
care givers. As such, they could provide accurate and reliable information on the topic under
The results that had been obtained from the first two phases of the study were used to
make some critical comments. Such comments were extracted from the questionnaires used. That
was done so as to ensure that there was actually an overflow of emotional effects on the
individuals served by the organization.
This was an excellent approach and study methodology to adopt for the study.
Professionals were drawn from different organizations. That ensured that the data that would be
collected would be analyzed and compared, thus drawing reliable conclusions. The individuals
selected had also worked in the sector for a long time. As such, they were in a position to tell of
the emotional impacts from a first-hand information perspective. As such, the information that
was obtained was reliable and had a high degree of accuracy.
The research study led to the findings that emotion is one of the critical interfaces that affect
communication between various groups. It was also established that there was a communication
breakdown between the clients and the professionals in the group because of the nature of
emotions affecting both sides (Brunton, 2005, p. 340-354). However, these emotions go
unreported. As such, they cause difficulties for most of the staff handling the cancer patients.
These findings are critical in assisting in establishing ways of combating the impacts of
such emotions on the communication between care givers and cancer patients. As shown, there
are various psychological symptoms of cancer that should be identified at an early stage so that
they can be managed to be stopped from having severe impacts on the communication between
cancer patients and professionals giving them care. Such emotional impacts as established in this
study include wandering, aggression, delusions, hallucinations, and (Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PSTD) that lead to the breakdown of communication between the two parties. As such,
these results could be used to establish ways of mitigating such challenges. However, it is critical
to note that the amount of emotional distress in patients and professionals differs depending on
age, gender, and emotional stability and maturity.
Research Limitations and Implications
The research study was confined to one healthcare organization. However, the findings obtained
are applicable to other professionals in other organizations in the same sector. Additionally, the
fact that secondary interviews were carried out in the organization could have constrained some
of the respondents (Brunton, 2005, p. 340-354). As such, that could have had negative impacts
on the accuracy of the information that they gave.
Despite these challenges, it is evident that professionals in the same sector face the same
challenges when in their line of duty. As such, future studies should focus on eliminating such
limitations to make them more accurate than this study. They should also focus on establishing
ways of helping professionals in cancer screening and treatment centers to overcome the
emotional impacts resulting from their duties.
Originality and Value
This research study is of great significance to the healthcare sector dealing with cancer patients.
It shows that emotions are a critical component of communication (Brunton, 2005, p. 340-354).
It also identifies ways of establishing effective and efficient working relationships to enable
workers to withstand the heavy duties found in healthcare organizations. It also forms the basis
for future studies. The findings can be used in future studies. The limitations can also guide
future studies so that they can be avoided to increase the accuracy of such studies.
The research study was successful but it was biased. It was conducted in one healthcare
organization and the results used to conclude. In doing so, the researchers failed to appreciate the
fact that emotions are also affected by demographic factors such as location, age, and gender, as
well as social class in the society. Additionally, the study focused on formal care givers only and
ignored carers at home. They should have been included in the study since they face similar
challenges as the formal carers. As such, these factors should be considered in future studies.
Emotion is a critical component of communication in the healthcare sector. Sometimes
communication is derailed by emotional impacts resulting from taking care of cancer patients. As
such, findings should also be used to improve communication and minimize effects of emotions.
Emotional impacts can be managed by establishing programs that counsel and train professionals
how to manage such impacts. That would help. Such services should also be extended to carers
at home.
Gibbs Reflective Cycle
Doing assignments are always characterized by feelings of fear and mixed emotions about how
to go about it and how to meet the expectations of the professor. In this case, I had to analyze and
summary the article that had been given in class. I achieved that and proceeded to use the Gibbs
Reflective Cycle. I used it to reflect on the experience that I had gone through during the
exercise. I also analyzed the situation and identified ways of making the exercise more
successful the next time I encounter it. I used the analysis and Gibbs Reflective Cycle to write
my report as presented.
This was a very resourceful activity that equipped me with analytical skills as well as
summarizing long texts without distorting the message or leaving out important notes. This was a
rare opportunity in class to sharpen my skills in writing and critical thinking. I used this article to
bring out the challenges that carers face in taking care of individuals suffering from cancer.
Initially, I was worried how I could compose a satisfactory essay and present for marking.
However, after consultation with my tutor, I could comfortably discuss one of the issues that is
avoided in most cases; emotional impacts of taking care of cancer patients.
Identifying a worth article to summarize was tedius and a tricky role. I analyzed most of the ethic
and moral issues facing the society today. In my view, most of them such as premarital sex and
teenage pregnancies have been highlighted in most of the existing literature. As such, I settled
for the emotional impacts of caring for cancer patients since there is limited literature on it. As
such, it is an issue that requires public awareness. I also used the available data and information
as my evidence to support my claims on the topic. This article was accessed from a database.
I read the article for several times without noting anything. I did this so that I could get the main
issue addressed by the researchers. I then obtained a writing material and noted the main points
as I read the article for the last time. I then used these points to compile my report. I ensured that
the summary of the article that I had written was succinct and covered the main points in the
article. I also did a critical analysis of the same.
This was an excellent experience for me. Searching for the article, reading it several times, and
summarizing it were just but an interesting process. I acquired critical analysis and summary
skills thanks to the exercise. As such, it placed me in an excellent position to understand similar
I used my creative skills to ensure that this process was successful. As such, I realized that it is
critical to use critical analysis and summary skills. I purpose to continue developing my skills in
these areas so that I can make my future assignments even much better than this one.
Reference List
Brunton, M., 2005. Emotion in health care: the cost of caring. Journal of health organization and
management, 19(4/5), pp.340-354.
Wilding, P.M., 2008. Reflective practice: a learning tool for student nurses.British Journal of
Nursing, 17(11).

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