Objectives: Professional quality of life (Pro QOL) comprises two aspects: compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. Although intensive care unit (ICU) nurses obtain professional satisfaction from their work, their repeated exposure to the aftermath of critical illness puts them at high risk for compassion fatigue. This study aimed to investigate the impact of color therapy/chromo-therapy based interventions on the professional quality of life in ICU nurses. Methods: In this randomized controlled trial 80 ICU nurses were assigned into two groups (experiment and control). A demographic form and Pro QOL questionnaire were used for data collection. The interventions included three parts; A) changing color of decoration in experimental ICU, such as installation of color panels in ICU ward , B) providing a mobile cover and a pencil case in yellow, orange ,and green colors based on the principles of color therapy, for each of experimental group nurses, C) In addition, three educational sessions on color therapy were hold and then participants received individualized consulting sessions weekly on color therapy applying in their personal life for 3 months. Results: Applying color therapy increased Pro QOL score in all of its dimensions (satisfaction of compassion, fatigue due to compassion, and secondary post-traumatic stress) in the experimental group (p<0.05). Conclusion: Color therapy may enhance professional quality of life in ICU nurses. Interventions such as color therapy can be implemented easily to combat compassion fatigue, and secondary post-traumatic stress in ICU nurses.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Color therapy, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, nurse, stress disorders