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Psychotherapy changes gene expression – new research

How does compassionate caring make a difference to patient outcomes? New research shows that our life experiences, beliefs and internal stories dynamically change our gene expression, altering health outcomes. Now,



Everyone loves the ‘poppets’ – but do we treat other patients like ‘parcels’?

In this important paper by Jill Maben, she continues her research into the relationship between staff working conditions and the patients’ experience of care. Variation in patient experience is significantly

communication Wesley Fryer


Why didn’t communication skills training work?

Can we train health professionals to be more compassionate? That’s a hypothesis tested by Dr. Timothy Gilligan, co-director of the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication at the Cleveland Clinic, and

Loud Michael Heigle


What does compassion sound like?

Here’s a great  study from Ron Epstein documenting what words and non-verbal behaviour convey compassion: “In health care, we believe in being compassionate but the reality is that many of us

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Employees who feel loved at work perform better and enhance patient outcomes

Just published in the Harvard Business Review is a longitudinal study exploring the correlation between a compassionate work culture and outcomes for both employees and patients in long-term residential care.

meditation Mitchell Joyce


Compassion meditation boosts neural basis for empathy

Compassion can’t be taught directly but the skills that underlie compassion can be developed with practice. This intriguing randomised-controlled study showed that even adults with no experience of meditation could

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The Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic)

Emma Seppala, Ph.D, Associate Director of CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford University, shared this great Infographic to illustrate the latest research on the scientifically



Low-empathy doctors linked to excess hospital admissions

Patients who are treated with empathy and compassion trust their doctors, are more likely to follow advice, take their medication, adopt healthy lifestyle changes, and feel empowered to manage their



Actors help doctors learn empathy

Just because we feel empathy doesn’t mean we know how to express it.  More medical personnel are being trained in the expression of their emotions. Our friends at the Charter



CCARE – Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Founded by renowned Stanford neurosurgeon James Doty, and partly funded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University is the

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