Compassion Under Pressure: Factors that Promote and Hinder Compassion in Health Care

November 12, 2022 from 9:10am EDT to 10:00am EDT


Many people enter health care because they value compassion and seek a career that allows them to use clinical expertise to help others.  Compassion involves understanding the needs of another person and taking action to help them. Compassion is an essential component of quality health care and has become an important focus in health care research and organizations.   There are systemic challenges to compassion within health care systems under stress, including increased workloads and competing pressures for time and resources, the on-going pandemic, health inequities and discrimination. This talk will describe factors that PAs and other members of the health care team encounter that can be a challenge for compassion.  It will also provide insights from the literature on theories and strategies that aim to increase compassion in health care, working at individual and systemic levels.  Information on organizations that support compassion in healthcare and resources for further learning will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand meanings of compassion
  2. Understand factors that support and challenge compassion in health care
  3. Become aware of key organizations and resources that support compassion in healthcare

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