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Return of Compassion to Healthcare

Return of Compassion to Healthcare

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We are born to relate, to connect, and to bond. The most noble of human relationships is compassion. No other profession is as closely associated with the virtue of compassion as is healthcare. Medicine has done us well. It has contributed to doubling the human life span within one hundred years; it has successfully battled infections; it has alleviated pain and human suffering. Sadly, healthcare took the exit leading to Market Street away from its mission of compassion, charity, and altruism. The market ethos has stripped human health, aging, illness, and suffering of their transcendent meaning; it has reduced the healing arts to curative techniques that see as irrelevant the emotions, anxiety, and insecurity that accompany illness.

When Will Compassion Return to Healthcare? A Call to Leaders
Person-centeredness advocates that ideally all caregiving should occur in a cultural climate that promotes healing. Can managers create a person-centered ambiance if they have to live by the mandate of the market place? Return of Compassion to Healthcare sorts out these tectonic shifts within a humanistic perspective. Illness and recovery, living and dying are part of the human experience. We propose a human-needs framework that identifies five primal needs: our elemental yearning to be, to become, to belong, to be our best, and to reach beyond.

We recommend that healthcare leaders take the pathway pioneered by stalwarts for the return of compassion. "This book is wonderful! It will be a major contribution to the dialogue about patient-centeredness."
-Dr. Donald Berwick, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former CMS Administrator

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