“Understanding and protecting against compassion fatigue” In: “Providing Compassionate Health Care: Challenges in Policy and Practice”.

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     ABOUT THE EDITORS   Sue Shea  is a Psychologist and Researcher working with the University of Crete, Greece, and as an independent consultant with various UK institutions. Robin Wynyard  is Visiting Research Fellow in Education at Derby University. Christos Lionis  is Professor of General Practice and Director of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, University of Crete, Greece.   Providing Compassionate Health Care Challenges in Policy and Practice Edited by  Sue Shea, Robin Wynyard, Christos Lionis   Despite the scope and sophistication of contemporary health care, there is increasing international concern about the perceived lack of compassion in its delivery. Citing evidence that when the basic needs of patients are attended to with kindness and understanding, recovery often takes place at a faster level, patients cope more effectively with the self-management of chronic disorders and can more easily overcome anxiety associated with various disorders, this book looks at how good care can be put back into the process of caring. Beginning with an introduction to the historical values associated with the concept of compassion, the text goes on to provide a bio-psycho-social theoretical framework within which the concept might be further explained. The third part presents thought-provoking case studies and explores the implementation and impact of compassion in a range of healthcare settings. The fourth part investigates the role that organizations and their structures can play in promoting or hindering the provision of compassion. The book concludes by discussing how compassion may be taught and evaluated, and suggesting ways for increasing the attention paid to compassion in health care. Developing a multi-disciplinary theory of compassionate care, and underpinned by empirical examples of good practice, this volume is a valuable resource for all those interesting in understanding and supporting compassion in health care, including advanced students, academics and practitioners within medicine, nursing, psychology, allied health, sociology and philosophy.  Series: Routledge Advances in Health and Social Policy July 2014 HB: 978-0-415-70496-0 £85.00 / £68.00 www.routledge.com/9780415704960 for more information and for ebook purchase options. To request a review copy please contact claire.fewson@tandf.co.uk * This 20% discount is only available to individuals purchasing print books through our website, is valid until 31st December 2015, and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.     
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