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For patients, a caregiver's compassion is essential

from The Washington Post

Research shows there has been an erosion of the relationship between those who provide health care and the patients they treat, and specifically an erosion of compassion. Nearly half of Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system and healthcare providers are not compassionate, one survey found. Numerous studies have reported that physicians miss the majority of opportunities to respond to patients with compassion. Research on the burnout epidemic in health care finds that 35% of physicians are so burned out that they have an inability to make a personal connection with patients. This can result in callous or uncaring behavior. more

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