Cultivating compassionate care

Belinda Dewar

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The term compassion is at the forefront of current healthcare policy, yet its meaning and how it can be realised in practice is far from clear. This article debates the meaning of compassion in the context of practice and argues that it essentially involves how people relate to each other. It highlights key processes to enhance compassion with self, patients and their families, healthcare professionals and the organisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55; quiz 56
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2013


  • Education, Continuing
  • Empathy
  • Great Britain
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient-Centered Care


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