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dc.contributor.authorSheehan, Dale
dc.contributor.authorThwaites, J.
dc.contributor.authorYork, B.
dc.contributor.authorLee, J.
dc.description.abstractOn the 22nd of February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand. The events of February 2011, the preceding and the thousands of aftershocks have had a devastating effect on those living in the region including the junior doctor workforce. The purpose of this study was to document and describe new graduate doctors personal and professional experience of the Christchurch earthquakes. As phenomenological research, this paper seeks to describe the lived experience of the junior doctor workforce who experienced the event. This article focuses on the analysis of qualitative data generated as part of a larger mixed method study designed to capture the experience of this defined cohort of front line junior staff. A phenomenological approach was used to analyse qualitative data from survey and in-depth interviews to allow the experiences of participants to be described. Qualitative data from the survey and thematic analysis of the narratives suggest that few were emotionally prepared for the events of February. Seven themes were identified and from these we have prepared a composite narrative to demonstrate themes in the language of those interviewed. The individual experience of the earthquakes had a significant impact on individuals, their emotional well-being, living circumstances, work, and learning and for some, their career direction. This study provides an insight into the experiences and reminds us of the personal impact of disaster on a workforce. We hope it can contribute to and maybe generate interest within the health research community, in further exploring these kinds of experiences.en_NZ
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_NZ
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.en_NZ
dc.subjectgraduate doctorsen_NZ
dc.subjectjunior doctorsen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectChristchurch, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectdisaster reliefen_NZ
dc.subjectnarrative analysisen_NZ
dc.subjectphenomenological researchen_NZ
dc.titleThe emotional Impact of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake on the junior doctor workforceen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holder© The Author(s) 2014en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden1117 Public Health and Health Servicesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden170113 Social and Community Psychologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogyen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSheehan, D., Thwaites, J., York, B., & Lee, J. (2014). The Emotional Impact of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake on the Junior Doctor workforce. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies : 57-64. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 18(2), pp.57-64.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleAustralasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studiesen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeNew Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunity and Health Services

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