Military health care providers now have a mobile application to help stay productive and emotionally healthy as they attend to service members, veterans and their families.
“Provider Resilience,” from the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), is the first mobile app to help health care professionals build resilience against the stress in their lives through short self-assessments that rate their risk for compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
“Dedicated clinicians often put their patients first and their own needs second,” said Dr. Robert Ciulla, psychologist and director of T2’s mobile health program. “The app was designed to fit easily into the busy lives of health care workers and remind them to be mindful of their own emotional health.”
The app configures a personal resiliency rating comprised of four components: rest and relaxation clock, burnout assessment, Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) assessment and a customizable list of questions that contribute to building or reducing resilience.
The burnout scale, for example, lets users rate their feelings of being happy, trapped, satisfied, preoccupied, connected, worn out, caring, on edge, valuable and traumatized. The ProQOL scale, developed at Idaho State University, allows users to rate their secondary traumatic stress. In addition, the app’s stress-reduction toolbox uses educational videos, inspirational cards, patient testimonials and stretching exercises to encourage users to take restful breaks.
“Provider Resilience” is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., serves as the primary Defense Department office for cutting-edge approaches in applying technology to psychological health. T2 is a center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. More information about “Provider Resilience” and T2 is available at t2health.org.