"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 @HopkinsMedicine study in @NEJM found that faculty physicians who consistently stress the importance of a compassionate doctor-patient relationship in their teaching had 2.6X higher odds of being perceived as a role model by trainees. #MedEd #medtwitter
In health care, compassion is a fundamental component of the therapeutic relationship. Can patient perception of clinician compassion be measured? #healthcare #clinicians https://t.co/fygrSoVhXm
#COMPASSIONOMICS Daily: A @Health_Affairs study found that ~50% of patients and physicians in the U.S. believe our #healthcare system is not compassionate. But are our healthcare providers compassionate? Most physicians said yes, but ~50% of patients said NO #MedTwitter @TheIHI
The Lancet is pleased to introduce a new column, "The Penumbra," by @choo_ek, which will examine inequities in patient care and the health workforce. Read more about the column https://t.co/ZF6hvElVML and read the first https://t.co/ZzVkV6JUEj
Are compassion and efficiency mutually exclusive in health care? By looking at the issue from a scientific perspective rather than a moral or ethical one, two physician-scientists say they have found that the importance of compassion is measurable. https://t.co/GVcpfDdkGE
"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