Enabling compassionate care in acute hospital settings

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The aim of The Point of Care programme at The King's Fund is to improve patients' experience of care in hospital, and to help staff to deliver the sort of care that they would like for themselves and their own families.

In December 2008 we published a review paper to launch the programme, Seeing the Person in the Patient, which drew on available published research and our own qualitative research with patients, their families and staff. We were aware that there were subjects that we would have liked to explore more fully but could not do so (either because they were complex, and we could not do justice to them in a short paper, or because good research is scarce). We therefore decided to hold a series of workshops, bringing people who work in hospital together with experts who have either written or researched a particular issue.

'Enabling Compassion', was the first workshop in the series, and was intended to gain insight into what prevents and what enables compassionate care - a difficult and fascinating subject, and one that we knew needed more in-depth discussion than had been possible in our review paper.



student nurse
Comment date
21 October 2015
How do I reference this for an assignment?

kweku welsing

senior staff nurse,
st. Andrews Healthcare-
Comment date
05 October 2012
A very sensitive topic-(compassionate care). Just as researchers have compiled statistics on how nursing staff see compassion, in the same vein its important to acknowledge that this (compassionate care) will not surface when the motive for being "what they claim they are", ie nurses staff, is defilled. Unfortunately, it boils down to what nursing staff are hoping to benefit rather that what thay are deriving from offering that kindness (compassion). Compassionate care tends to come from within, must be in ones nature to be compassionate and have the passion for what they do. End results must be the satisfaction and fulfilling. Proving an individual you have cared for, the opportunity to appreciate what you have done for them.

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