Research Article

Let us start an epidemic by giving away kindness

Yvonne Russer and Kuruvilla George*

Published: 07/04/2019 | Volume 3 - Issue 1 | Pages: 040-043


‘Patients were left in soiled sheets or sitting on commodes for hours. Some patients needing pain relief got it late or not at all.’ These were a sample of the findings in the Francis Report which revealed severe failings in patient care in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. Recommendations in the Francis Report included the need to recruit compassionate staff and having compassion training for clinicians [1].Whether telling a young man that he has cancer or comforting an elderly woman who is feeling anxious, the health professional needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through and respond appropriately.. The crisis of compassion in medicine is multifaceted in origin and some factors identified in the Francis Report were compassion fatigue, overwork, excess demand, lack of continuity and the failure to see the patient as a fellow human being [1]. Unfortunately modern medical practice prioritises technical progress, evidence-based medicine, meeting targets set by bureaucrats and efficiency at the expense of the ‘soul of medicine and medical practice’. Meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) has become the priority rather than the patient. Couple of other factors include increasing commercialisation of healthcare and the overemphasis of the biomedical model in medicine.

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