Compassionate practice in a ‘compassion fatigued’ climate.
Compassionate practice requires health and social care professionals to have, and use, emotions that prompt them to reach out to those in distress. It is about making connections with people, human to human, in a bid to alleviate others’ pain in some way. I have been giving some serious thought to how practitioners develop, and maintain, compassionate responses without being overwhelmed by the emotional cost to themselves. How do they connect emotionally, show empathy, and gi