The ability and willingness to demonstrate concern for patients and their families
What is it?
Compassion is the emotion that accompanies the clinical skills of caring for patients. It involves being able to understand and empathize with patients and their families, while showing respect and patience.
Why is it important?
Having compassion is important because it allows for a more trusting and positive relationship between physicians and their patients. Showing compassion to others helps them to feel noticed and acknowledged as human beings in pain. Often, people just want validation for the difficulty they are experiencing. As physicians, having compassion promotes a sense of authenticity that keeps us close to our mission and values.