Compassion and its role in the clinical encounter – An argument for compassion training

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Wright, Victoria and Pendry, B. 2016. Compassion and its role in the clinical encounter – An argument for compassion training. Journal of Herbal Medicine. 6 (4), pp. 198-203.
AuthorsWright, Victoria and Pendry, B.
Abstract

Empathic communication, (i.e. emotionally engaging with a patient), is an important
part of the therapeutic relationship. It has been shown to improve the health and
therapeutic outcomes for patients by improving diagnosis and compliance. In the West,
front-line medical professionals, including herbal medicine practitioners, put
themselves at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue by giving emotionally intensive
care. While treatments for compassion fatigue and burnout are available, another way
forward is needed to ensure healthcare professionals do not become ill; one that will
enable both patients and healthcare professionals to receive the care needed. In this
paper it is argued that compassion, which is defined in this paper, involves different
neural circuitry to empathy and can protect healthcare professionals from the effects of
stress that can, if not addressed, lead to burnout. Traditional Buddhist meditation
techniques such as loving-kindness meditation have been shown to increase
compassion in non-meditative states. Short daily sessions of such mediation practices
have been shown to improve compassion in a way that protects healthcare
professionals from burnout.

JournalJournal of Herbal Medicine
Journal citation6 (4), pp. 198-203
ISSN22108033
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-NC-ND
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.hermed.2016.08.004
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Print09 Aug 2016
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Deposited10 Aug 2016
Accepted07 Aug 2016
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 3.0
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