Burnout, empathy and sense of coherence among Swedish district nurses before and after systematic clinical supervision

Scand J Caring Sci. 1996;10(1):19-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.1996.tb00305.x.


The relationships between, on the one hand, burnout, empathy and sense of cohoerence (SOC) and, on the other, personality traits were investigated, together with the effects of systematic clinical supervision on these phenomena among Swedish district nurses. The results in the supervisory group (n = 21) were compared with those of a comparison group (n = 12) in a quasi-experimental design. Personality traits were assessed by means of the Karolinska Scales of Personality. The results indicated some correlations between personality traits and burnout, empathy, and SOC, as well as correlations between the latter three phenomena. There were no significant effects of clinical supervision on burnout, empathy, or SOC. More research is needed regarding the effects of clinical nursing supervision.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Empathy*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Nursing, Supervisory*
  • Personality
  • Public Health Nursing*
  • Sweden