Empathy in healthcare

Are we working in a system (or in a society) where there is an empathy deficit ? Obama would have us think we do and although his comments are obviously US centric it does raise the question of whether care and compassion ‘fatigue’ is behind some of the recent high profile failures within the NHS. So, if this is a real phenomenon how do you spot if you are suffering a deficit? how does this link in with your core values and behaviours ? What about your wider professional responsibilities? if you did notice you were or becoming ’empathy deficient’, what would you do about it ? should you do something ? How do you live and work authentically ? How would you show courage?

Lots of questions here !



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