Stress and burnout in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) trainees: A systematic review

Owen, Joel, Crouch-Read, Louise, Smith, Matthew ORCID: and Fisher, Paul (2021) Stress and burnout in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) trainees: A systematic review. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14. ISSN 1754-470X

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For more than a decade, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) has been training a new workforce of psychological therapists. Despite evidence of stress and burnout both in trainee mental health professionals, and qualified IAPT clinicians, little is known about these topics in IAPT trainees. Consequently, this systematic review sought to establish the current state of the literature regarding stress and burnout in IAPT trainees. Electronic databases were searched to identify all published and available unpublished work relating to the topic. On the basis of pre-established eligibility criteria, 8 studies (including 6 unpublished doctoral theses) were identified and assessed for quality. This review identifies that research into the experience of IAPT trainees is under-developed. Existing evidence tentatively suggests that IAPT trainees may experience levels of stress and burnout that are higher than their qualified peers and among the higher end of healthcare professionals more generally. The experience of fulfilling dual roles as mental health professionals and university students concurrently appears to be a significant source of stress for IAPT trainees. More research regarding the levels and sources of stress and burnout in IAPT trainees is urgently needed to confirm and extend these findings. Recommendations for future research in the area are given.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: burnout,iapt,mental health,stress,systematic review,experimental and cognitive psychology,clinical psychology,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School

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Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 00:13
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 00:40
DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X21000179


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