Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Med Hypotheses. 2017 Sep;107:92-97. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2017.08.015. Epub 2017 Aug 12.

Compassionomics: Hypothesis and experimental approach.

Author information

1
Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, USA. Electronic address: trzeciak-stephen@cooperhealth.edu.
2
Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, USA.

Abstract

Recent reports indicate that healthcare is experiencing a compassion crisis - an absence of (or inconsistency in) compassionate patient care. It is currently unclear if, or to what extent, this exerts significant effects on health and healthcare. Experimental data are few, and this represents a critical knowledge gap for all health sciences. We hypothesize that compassionate care is beneficial for patients (better outcomes), healthcare systems and payers (lower costs), and healthcare providers (lower burnout). Compassionomics is the branch of knowledge and scientific study of the effects of compassionate healthcare, and herein we describe a framework for hypothesis testing. If the hypotheses are confirmed, compassionate healthcare can be established in the domain of evidence-based medicine.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical trial design; Clinical trials; Compassion; Empathy; Healthcare; Humanism

PMID:
28915973
DOI:
10.1016/j.mehy.2017.08.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center