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The art of presence.

As parents we lived through a hundred days of hospital visits after our teenage daughter broke her back and her neck. Some years later the same daughter spent a month


The gift of non-anxious presence.

Opinion by Robin Youngson As an engineer turned doctor, I had an irresistible urge to fix things. When I stayed with friends, I sought their broken toasters, clocks or radios.


The Emotional Labour of Care.

Here’s a wonderful and moving blog by a British general practitioner, Dr Jonathon Tomlinson. I was 17 years old, working as a health care assistant on an elderly care ward


World-class program teaches physicians and staff the skills of compassionate connection

When you’ve been a physician for nearly thirty years, it’s easy to get cynical about Continuing Professional Development (CPD). When is the last time you learned something at a conference


Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How to Bring Compassion Into Your Interactions With Others: Roshi Joan Halifax

In response to the need for tools that can help prevent burnout and secondary trauma in clinicians, Roshi Joan Halifax developed the simple and beautiful G.R.A.C.E. model. This practice offers


Ten simple rules….

Even as a doctor I still feel intimidated in a strange hospital, like a traveller lost in a foreign land. So imagine how small our patients feel when we strip


Practising compassion.

Opinion by Robin Youngson. We don’t expect to become proficient at piano playing, driving a car, or playing golf without regular practice. Compassion is no different. It’s why we talk


Here's my number.

Opinion by Robin Youngson. Last year I met a primary care physician in the USA who gives his personal mobile phone number to every one of his patients. How often


This book could literally transform the world of healthcare – read it now!

See Me as a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families.  Mary Koloroutis and Michael Trout.  If you have a family member or friend who works in healthcare,


Free valet parking for patients!

Imagine the scene: Your Dad is eighty-five years old and has an appointment to see his oncologist at the hospital. Your Mom is eight-seven; she’s driving the car. Advanced age,


Analytical thought suppresses empathy

Ever wondered how some doctors could be so lacking in empathy? New research shows that our brains cycle between different pathways and that analytical thought and empathy can’t occur simultaneously.

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