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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the study refers to geriatric nursing staff.

Burnout in geriatric nursing staff could be used to predict the well-being of residents in long-term care facilities, according to a new study. 

The study, conducted by a researcher at the National Taiwan University, found that higher rates of depersonalization in geriatric nurses were associated with less satisfaction, lower quality-of-life and more depressive symptoms with older LTC residents. 

The research used data from 590 residents in 172 facilities across Taiwan. Those residents were served by 315 nurses.

“Efforts should be made to mitigate the emergence of (depersonalization) among GNS (geriatric nursing staff). Support and education are also needed to enable GNS to foster positive interactions and relationships with LTC residents,” the author concluded.  

The study’s findings were published in Geriatric Nursing.