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Educ Prim Care. 2018 Jan 26:1-3. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2018.1427004. [Epub ahead of print]

Compassion, medical humanities and medical education.

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a University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative, Usher Institute of Population Health and Informatics , Edinburgh , UK.
b General Practice and Primary Care , University of Glasgow , Glasgow , UK.


Compassion is central to person centred clinical care. Medical Humanities have developed both as an academic discipline and as a resource for education over the past 30 years. The article will discuss what compassion is in a clinical context, and explore whether compassionate clinical practice can be enhanced by using the humanities in medical education in primary care.


Compassion; medical education; medical humanities; person centred care

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