"Compassionomics provides the evidence that one simple tool, compassion, can affect not only the outcomes for our patients, but also the financial health of our organizations and the well-being of our providers."
— Donald Berwick, MD
President emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
A 34-year-old man fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit is on an artificial respirator for over a month. Could it be that his chance of getting off the respirator is not how much his nurses know, but rather how much they care?
A 75-year-old woman is heroically saved by a major trauma center only to be discharged and fatally struck by a car while walking home from the hospital. Could a lack of compassion from the hospital staff have been a factor in her death?
Compelling new research shows that health care is in the midst of a compassion crisis.
In Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference, physician scientists Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli uncover the eye-opening data that compassion could be a wonder drug for the 21st century. Now, for the first time ever, a rigorous review of the science — coupled with captivating stories from the front lines of medicine—demonstrates that human connection in health care matters in astonishing ways. Never before has all the evidence been synthesized together in one place. You will see compelling evidence that:
#COMPASSIONOMICS DAILY: A @NIH-funded @UCSF study of hospital inpatients found that for each #compassionate statement from a physician, patients’ level of anxiety decreased by 4.2%, e.g. 3 statements=12.6% lower. The #power of #compassion is *cumulative*. @SHMlive @MedEd
#COMPASSIONOMICS DAILY: 94% of published studies on patients’ recovery expectations found an association between better recovery expectations and better clinical outcomes. #Hope matters. And #compassion is a powerful restorer of hope. @theSCCH @GoldFdtn @TheCharter #MedTwitter
#COMPASSIONOMICS DAILY: #Research shows that #patient-centered communication from clinicians is associated with 62% higher odds of patient #adherence to treatment. #Compassion is a cornerstone of patient-centered communication. #CompassionMatters #MedEd #MedTwitter #empathy
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” ~Booker T. Washington #compassion
#COMPASSIONOMICS DAILY: Studies show that clinician #compassion is associated with better patient disclosure of information and better recall of instructions. No wonder there’s a link between compassion, better communication, diagnosis, and adherence to therapy. #MedEd @AAMCtoday
"This book is a vital step forward in transforming health care as we know it."
Senator William H. Frist, MD
Transplant surgeon and former Republican Senate majority leader