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April 25, 2013

Empathy and compassion fatigue

Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht and Jean Decety have a new PLOS-One article about clinicians' empathy. It's a huge sample of practicing clinicians (N > 7,000). The most interesting finding to me is that clinical experience per se did not affect empathy, burnout or compassion fatigue; instead, disposition was related to these things. Clinicians who experience the negative aspects of being compassionate showed the most personal distress, which in turn was associated with burnout and secondary traumatic distress.

The world won't drag you down. Only you can drag yourself down.

Posted by rbrent at April 25, 2013 06:49 AM

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