"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:
Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPHFollow
Physician Scientist | Professor, Chair & Chief of Medicine @CooperHealthNJ @CooperMedSchool | books: Compassionomics, Wonder Drug | Contact: https://t.co/6Ga8CFnrMD
#Science shows that to get the #health and #wellbeing benefits of serving others, there’s a threshold effect at 100 hours/year
But we don’t prescribe therapies once a year, we prescribe them daily. So that’s (on average) 16 minutes/day of serving others
Researchers studied hierarchies of #values across 6 continents and 60 nations and found that #giving to others was #1, “a universal,” more precious than power, achievement, or pleasure.
#AcademicTwitter #PsychTwitter #Compassion #Empathy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0022022101032003002
Research in >100 nations (200,000 people) found that those who give to #charity are (on average) #happier than those who don’t, regardless of #income. Giving to charity made about the same difference for #happiness as having *twice* as much income.
A UCLA/Yale study found that kindness to others buffers stress about one’s own worries and mitigates the negative effects of stress in daily life. Other-focus doesn’t change your circumstances, but can help you forget your own worries, at least temporarily https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27500075/
On #MLKDay - a national day of #service - we must see that #serving others is integral to what it means to be human. #Neuroscience supports that the most potent activator of the areas of the brain involved in the experience of human #happiness is this: #compassion for others.
"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