Want to give healthcare a boost? Try a little kindness, experts say.
Various studies suggest that when health care workers approach patients with compassion, patients often heal faster, have less pain and anxiety, and even bounce back faster from common colds.
“When healthcare is delivered with kindness and compassion, it has a significantly greater effect than when it is given in a dispassionate fashion that assumes that the human connection has no benefit,” said Dr. James Doty, founder and director of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
While medicine holds the power to cure, he said, how it is delivered can make a huge difference — not just for patients but for health care providers, too.
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