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40 seconds of compassion

May 2, 2019

Can 40 seconds of compassion save a life? 


Apparently, yes, says authors of a new book strangely titled ‘Compassionomics’.


That aside, the book discusses how missed opportunities for compassion can have devastating health effects, how compassion can help reverse the cost crisis in health care, and why compassion can be an antidote for burnout among health care providers.


For example, take the case of 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?


Compelling new research shows that health care is in the midst of a compassion crisis, according to the authors Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli.


A study showed 56 survivors of a fatal accident remembered the most the lack of compassion among the hospital staff - in multiple hospitals they were taken to after the incident. And this was five years after the accident.


In Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, physician scientists Stephen and Anthony argue with research data that compassion could be a wonder drug for the 21st century.


The book uses captivating stories to demonstrates that human connection in health care matters not only meaningful but measurable ways.

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