Compassion-Centered Care is a core organizational tenet that establishes each patient will feel cared about as a person, and will be cared for with respect, dignity and understanding at all times and in every way possible. This tenet extends to mutual respect and collaboration among all care givers, and is the driving force behind all clinical, organizational and business practices.

Compassion
in Healthcare

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Votive relief from the the Asciepieion on Pireaus, a healing temple sacred to the god Asciepius (ca. 350 BCE). Hippocrates and Galen are said to have trained at these healing sanctuaries.

The world of clinical medicine is acutely aware of the critical role that open, mutually respectful, emotionally honest and compassionate communication between providers and patients plays in patient care.

It is crucial at the personal level, and in the efficient, effective delivery of care at the organizational level.

Experts, researchers and educators throughout the health care delivery system are increasingly focused on the impact of quality communication on the quality of care, and the challenge of instilling the values and skills fundamental to humanistic care throughout their organizations and practices.

The intensely interpersonal dimension of healing has been at the foundation of human experience throughout history.

A first grader's picture book of caring for yourself, growing strong and healthy, keeping well, and keeping out of danger.  By Anna B. Towse and William S. Gray. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1933. 144 pp. Price, $.60

A first grader’s picture book of caring for yourself, growing strong and healthy, keeping well, and keeping out of danger.
By Anna B. Towse and William S. Gray. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1933. 144 pp. Price, $.60

 

Understanding Compassion

The Evolution of Compassion

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Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule (“Do unto others…”), why we sometimes ignore it, and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

The Empathic Civilisation

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In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.

Richard Branson on Why Compassion Is a Competitive Advantage

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Business used to be a cutthroat world where the only thing that mattered was profit — but that’s changing quickly.

The Care Proposition

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Can a greater emphasis on compassion change education?

Improving the Patient Experience

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To develop their definition of patient experience, the Beryl Institute formed a work group of patient experience leaders from a cross-section of healthcare organizations. The group shared perspectives, insights and backgrounds on what patient experience means to them and collaboratively created this definition. It provides a terrific starting point for the conversation around this important issue.

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

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While science has made great strides in treating pathologies of the human mind, far less research exists to date on positive qualities of the human mind including compassion, altruism and empathy. Yet these prosocial traits are innate to us and lie at the very centerpiece of our common humanity.

Cancer by Neal Davidson

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Compassion-centered care demands our understanding that suffering extends well beyond the patient. Family members and loved ones also carry the weight. Here, a 14 year old recalls the fear and confusion of his father’s cancer.