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Why Compassion Is So Important In Health Care (And What It Looks Like)
 

Why Compassion Is So Important In Health Care (And What It Looks Like)

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Sure, a doctor's medical knowledge and guidance is of utmost importance when you're receiving care for a condition such as cancer. But what is also impor...
 
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12 Nov 2016 - General
 
Jemelyn Mae Sodusta As I've mentioned over and over, patients will feel if the concern is genuine. Compassion is one of those traits that make a doctor earn a patient's trust. It is important to note that compassion should come in the form of empathy and not sympathy. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the patient's situation in order to understand his/her emotional state. Sympathy is identifyi...
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For me, compassion is really important because it helps make patients feel calmer and gives them the assurance that everything is being done to make them well as soon as possible. Patients who are handled with compassion are likely to feel better quickly because they will not panic. Asude from the fact that people need medicine and other medical procedures to be cured, compassion makes the process much more bearable. This makes relationship between two parties much simpler and it promotes stress...
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As health practitioners, we spent years of studying human anatomy, physiology, internal medicine, etc... but being doctors doesn't only mean treating our patient's medical concerns physically. A good doctor reaches out to his patients emphatically and compassionately. His duty doesn't just comprise of interpreting laboratory results, disclosing a diagnosis and giving the correct treatment. Showing patients that they actually care about them and that they are in good hands can go a lo...
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